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Talon, Come Fly With Me: Inspirational Story About Friendship (Book One)
by Gigi SedlMayer

Inspiring story of a girl whose disability is her greatest strength and brings the important message of never losing hope in hard situations and using misfortune to look for an opportunity to be kind.

The story takes you into the Andean Mountains of Peru to a remote village where you meet a young girl, named Matica, who worries about being shunned by the tribal people because of her growth disability that makes her different from everyone else.

One day she befriends two Condors she names Tamo and Tima. The village natives watch from a distance as her friendship and trust grow with the Condors. It only takes a short time before the entire village accepts the little girl for who she is when they find she can also communicate with them.

And then the adventures begin, changing her life in marvellous way. Matica is delightful, caring, and undaunted by these giant birds and their offspring, she and her father rescue from poachers. 5 STAR BOOK AWARD from Book Marketing Global Network-2019

  • MEDALIST WINNER for older published with NEW APPLE 2019
  • TOP10 FINALIST with AUTHORS ACADEMY AWARDS 2018
  • SILVER MEDAL AWARD with READERS’FAVORITE in Children’s’ adventure 2018
  • Finalist with: BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2017
  • Finalist with: IAN Book of the year award 2017 – The Independent Author Network
  • Silver for BOOK COVER competition with Authorsdb 2016
  • 5-star Review by Readers’ Favorite
  • 4 out of 4 stars review by Online Book Club

5 Star Review: The story ‘Come Fly With Me’ takes place in the mountains of Peru. Main character Matica is on her hands and knees in the dirt hunting food for the two condors she named Tamo and Tima, when her younger brother Aikon asks about her activities. Even though ten-year-old Matica has a seriously disability (body of a two-year-old) her fighting spirit (not self-pity) is impressive, for her age. What she lacks in size, she gains in emotional maturity and a deep sense of gratitude for the beauty around her. She loves her village of Pucara which is close to equator. Surrounded by tropical rain forests, Matica can look out in any direction and see both green and barren mountains, forests and grasslands, green or brown valleys, small rolling hills and deep steep canyons.

Let me bring you into the story at Chapter Seven: “The next day, she went on her daily walk with new hope and an extra spring in her step. She was feeling lucky because both birds were not as high as usual and soared in front of the mountains, not over them. It must be a different wind current since they’re so low, she thought.

…..She remembered the day when she was exploring the plateau and had found that most beautiful place near the mountain with the big rock in the middle. Arriving there, she had baptised that place ‘Ramah’. She had read in her Bible the day before about a place that was called Ramah, so it became her refuge, her Ramah. She would lie on the rock and watch the birds soaring in the sky and wonder how they could fly without flapping their wings. She wished for them to come down to her, but they wouldn’t do that.

…..Every day, Matica would go to Ramah at the same time so the birds could see her and would become acquainted with her. She would also yell and wave at them.

…..After a few weeks, one of them flew lower. He must have seen her and must have been curious as to what she might be, or maybe he thought she was food. She yelled, ‘I’m here! Come to me, please! I’d like to see you and would like to talk to you!’

…..Spinning around, one bird circled lower.

…..Maybe, Matica then thought, maybe it’s coming down to see if I’m edible. But I’m moving! She sprang up and down, then yelled, ‘Hey, you! I’m not edible! I would only like to meet you!’

…..Still looking at her, the bird screeched loudly then joined its mate.

…..Matica called out, ‘Wow, you are big!’

…..Nothing more happened for the next few weeks.”

…..Matica is not afraid of adventure and runs to Ramah where the sounds of gun shots came from. Matica fears the poachers will steal the condor’s egg or harm the condors. Poaching is a serious problem and Matica Warns the Condor named Tamo of the pending danger. Matica watches the condors in flight and dreams about riding on Tamo’s back as he flies over the canyons.

Award Winning Author Gisela Sedlmayer does an excellent job with this book one in her Talon series. Gisela’s descriptive storytelling, age-appropriate language, believable characters and wildlife drama will engage any avid reader from age 9 and up.

In an age of cell phone and electronic notebooks, it is important to instill good reading habits in our children. Check out Books 1-6 in this Talon Series.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Product Details:
Series: Talon (Book 1)
Paperback: 198 Pages
Publisher: Aurora House (December 16, 2013)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Action and Adventure
Grandma’s Book Club: Survival Stories
Grandma’s Book Club: Tween, Teen, YA, and Family
Grandma’s Book Club: Talon Book Series

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Come-Fly-Me-Tylon/dp/0992339928/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Come-Fly-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00J2643PG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Talon, On The Wing: A Book About Adventure and Friendship (Book Two)
by Gigi Sedlmayer

This story won a 5 Star review by Reader’s Favorite: “Inspirational and Uplifting read for the young and the not so young!”

Matica’s predicament turns into her greatest gift

It’s a different story than any other. It’s even unique. A magical fantasy.

An incredible combination of a young girl and her struggles and being in a spectacular place – the Great Andean mountains. The lives of the people in the village, their interacting with one another and with the great amazing friendship between the girl and the mighty Andean condor – Talon and having the most amazing adventures and near misses one after the other together.

Matica, a small child who had a hard time finding acceptance with the Indians from her village, fly’s with Talon and has scores of adventures and near misses.

But will it stop her from having the greatest fun? No, it will not. Besides of being accepted now by the locals, a love develops between Amos, a local boy and herself as she overcomes her handicap and shows bravery and courage.

This is a coming-of-age story where Matica is learning patience, forgiveness and trust.

5 Star Review: Young and old will enjoy ‘Talon, On The Wing’ by Gigi Sedlmayer!

As a grandmother, I find book two (Talon, On The Wing) just as exciting as book one. This book (series) is an action adventure that will keep teens turning the page. As we learned in book one, Matica is age 1o and very small for her age due to her handicap. This amazing young lady has gained the trust of the Peruvian Indians and her life changed when she rescued a Condor egg from poachers.

In this book her rescue bird takes her aboard and together they reach tremendous heights. They visit cities hidden away in the jungles of Peru. As Matica mingles with the native people, she accepts their culture and learns many life lessons along the way. Matica’s special boyfriend Amos and all the avian creatures bring joy to her life.

While my review tends to be longer than most, my intent is to bring you into the story in chapter 46.

…..Matica was still in her thoughts about what her mother had said to Alex when Talon, feeling strong and agile, flew away from Mira. For Alexander it was his grief for his lost brother, for Matica it was the yearlong depression she felt, being alone, not being allowed to play with other children. She felt privileged to hear about Alex’s problems as well and thanked Talon again that he stayed so she could hear all, since she still had sometimes bad thoughts about her earlier loneliness. But now she promised to herself never to be lonely again. Whatever it takes. Mum’s words were so good, as Alex had said as well.

…..Finally she left the thoughts behind and started to enjoy the flight with Talon. Talon first flew, zigzagging, over the plateau back to Ramah, making a detour to the magnificent Andes Mountains. Tamo and Tima followed him wherever Talon went. Matica, from his back, admired the high peaks and the wide areas of hilly grassland between. She couldn’t get enough and soon both lost track of time.

…..While flying, Talon suddenly trembled as if he was about to shake himself, like a dog would shake the water out of its fur, and then he flapped his wings periodically in a strange, jagged way Matica had never experienced before. Not that she had a lot of experience yet, but she couldn’t imagine that he would flap his wings in that way. It felt for her as if he was trying to stay aloft with the sharp and fast up-and-down movements of his wings, as if Talon felt that if he didn’t flap his wings, he would drop out of the sky and tumble to the ground. But again, for Matica that couldn’t be. After all, Talon is a bird and couldn’t fall out of the sky.

…..Could he?

Award Winning Author Gisela Sedlmayer does an excellent job with book two in her Talon series. Gisela’s descriptive storytelling, age-appropriate language, believable characters and wildlife drama will engage any avid reader from age 9 and up. In an age of cell phone and electronic notebooks, it is important to instill good reading habits in our children. Check out Books 1-6 in this Talon Series. Below is a list of Awards.

  • MEDALIST WINNER for older published with NEW APPLE 2019
  • TOP10 FINALIST with AUTHORS ACADEMY AWARDS 2018
  • SILVER MEDAL AWARD with READERS’FAVORITE in Children’s’ adventure 2018
  • Finalist with: BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2017
  • Finalist with: IAN Book of the year award 2017 – The Independent Author Network
  • Silver for BOOK COVER competition with Authorsdb 2016
  • 5-star Review by Readers’ Favorite
  • 4 stars review by Online Book Club
  • 4 Star from Titan for Book One
  • BEA-Finalist
  • Global E-Book Award for Book 5
  • TALON 5 FINALIST WITH IAN 2018
  • 2020 5 Star Book Cover Award from Book Marketing Global Network for Book One.
  • 2020 5 Star Book Cover Award from Book Marketing Global Network for Book Six.
  • 2021 5 Star Book Cover Award from Book Marketing Global Network for Book Two.
  • 2021 Book Trilogy/Series Award from Book Marketing Global Network for the Talon Six Book Youth Series

I invite you to share this book with all the young people in your life, place this book along with all the books in this youth series in your local, civic, religious, community libraries. This series would be perfect for a summer reading program for boys and girls.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Product Details:
Series: Talon (Book 2)
Paperback: 350 Pages
Publisher: Aurora House (December 16, 2013)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Action and Adventure
Grandma’s Book Club: Survival Stories
Grandma’s Book Club: Tween, Teen, YA, and Family
Grandma’s Book Club: Talon Book Series

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Wing-Gigi-Sedlmayer/dp/0987555189/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Wing-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00J264EJQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Talon, Flight For Life: A Journey Of Adventure (Book Three)
by Gigi Sedlmayer

Will they be safe as they travel? What about the dangerous animals they could encounter?

Will Matica see her condors?

Matica and her family are planning a holiday to Australia. She and her father travel to Cajamarca to organize supplies and air tickets. Although she misses her condors on the way, she sees wondrous scenery, rain-forest, animals and birds.

But disaster strikes, coming home. Her father is seriously injured and contracts a high fever. Not knowing what to do, Matica calls to her condors for help. The wait if they would come and if, until they arrive is the hardest thing she has ever had to endure.

Journey with Matica through her adventures, laughter and tears. Enjoy the feeling of friendship, love and camaraderie between Matica and her condors, Talon, Tamo and Tima.

  • 5-star review by Readers Favorite
  • FINALIST for BOOK COVER competition with AUTHORSDB 2017
  • 3 out of 4 stars review by Online Book Club

Product Details:
Series: Talon (Book 3)
Paperback: 438 Pages
Publisher: Aurora House (December 16, 2013)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Action and Adventure
Grandma’s Book Club: Survival Stories
Grandma’s Book Club: Tween, Teen, YA, and Family
Grandma’s Book Club: Talon Book Series

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Flight-Life-Gigi-Sedlmayer/dp/0992339960/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Flight-Life-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00J2646HG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Talon, Connected: Join Matica’s Journey Of Adventure and Friendship (Book Four)
by Gigi Sedlmayer

TALON, CONNECTED is the fourth story in the TALON series.

It’s for children, teens and young adults, even for younger ones. For when they have an affliction, or are handicapped, they can find out, that there is always a way out, to be happy and live with it, even when they are rejected.

NEVER TO GIVE UP: The Talon series, are such an inspiring piece of work indeed. And the stories are great, uplifting and touching, moving and exciting, and I’d unreservedly recommend them for readers of any age, young or old – they’re that good. Read one and you’ll find yourself grasping for the next, then the next. There are four in the series, you owe it to yourself to get them all.

Matica meets with the village eldest and wisest man, Elcano, who tells her ‘we are all connected to each other, Matica’s family and the Condors’.

Elcano also shares with Matica that he predicts that the Condors will be protected by all because Matica, her family, the Indians and the Condors are all connected.

These books are the most heartwarming stories you will read! They are intended rot all ages. Well thought out! You will fall in love with the characters and want more as you keep going with this series! It’s so easy to get lost in each book… I know I sure did! Add these to your list to read or start reading now, you’ll fall in love with them!

And – Will the poachers kill Talon? Will the villagers catch the poachers? We’ll find the answers soon. 5 stars by READER’S FAVORITE

Product Details:
Series: Talon (Book 4)
Paperback: 378 Pages
Publisher: Aurora House (September 19, 2013)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Action and Adventure
Grandma’s Book Club: Survival Stories
Grandma’s Book Club: Tween, Teen, YA, and Family
Grandma’s Book Club: Talon Book Series

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Connected-Gigi-Sedlmayer/dp/0987468669/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Connected-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00HY4ISJU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Talon, Encounter: Imaginative Reading for Children (Book Five)
by Gigi Sedlmayer

It is war – the poachers are back and want Talon. Revenge is in the air.

They are doing everything in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him. Determined to get him at all costs the poachers run up against the might and will of Tamo, Tima and Talon.

With the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica, they do the impossible knowing they have to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back.

Between the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors.

Action-packed from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • FINALIST with Book Excellence Award 2018
  • FINALIST in the 2018 IAN Book of the Year Awards in “Young Adult.”
  • Nominee by GLOBAL EBOOK AWARDS 2018
  • Medalist Winner with New Apple in the Young Adult General Fiction 2017 Book Awards for Excellence in Independent
  • BRONZE for first line competition with AUTHORSDB 2017
  • GOLD for book cover competition with AUTHORSDB 2016

Product Details:
Series: Talon (Book 5)
Paperback: 382 Pages
Publisher: Aurora House (September 25, 2015)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Action and Adventure
Grandma’s Book Club: Survival Stories
Grandma’s Book Club: Tween, Teen, YA, and Family
Grandma’s Book Club: Talon Book Series

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Encounter-Gigi-Sedlmayer/dp/0994261535/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Encounter-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B018FNCA6K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Talon Windsong: More Thrilling Adventures (Book Six)
by Gigi Sedlmayer

More thrilling adventures with Matica and Talon.

The poachers are gone, and the birds are safe. Now Matica is becoming anxious thinking of the upcoming holiday to Australia – she does not want to go, or leave her birds. But Talon, understanding her misery, helps to ease her mind.

With distractions from all sides, Matica soon finds herself involved in current happenings – the letting go of Elcano’s ashes from the top of the Andes, and near tragedy of Crayn falling while climbing up the mountain. The condors play a vital role in saving the day.

Talon shows Matica the puma and her cubs. But things go wrong when the female puma smells them and attacks. Will they escape the big cat?

As a birthday surprise for Matica, Aikon asked the birds to fly with her for the whole day. The birds agree and the thrilling adventures she has now with near misses, the finding of old bones, snakes and spiders Talon, Windsong adventures will keep you turning the pages and on the edge of your seat.

5 Star Review: “Talon Windsong” is the sixth book in the “Talon” action adventures for readers age 9 and up. The story begins with celebration in the village, nestled in the mountains of Peru. The poachers are in custody, the village, the condors and all wildlife are safe for now. For Matica (young girl with a disability) the celebration is bitter sweet, as time is approaching for her to travel to Australia, and leave her condor friends.

…..Matica lets go of her worry for now, as life goes on. By chapter eighteen, the journey up the rugged mountain side, with the condors flying overhead concludes, when they scatter Elcano’s (Pajaro’s father) ashes over the Andes Mountain canyons, with the help of a brisk mountain breeze.

…..For Matica and the others, the impending danger of falling off the mountain is avoided one step at a time, while climbing and descending. For all the beauty this environment has to offer, the dangers of natural predators like huge monitor lizards, ants, spiders, snakes and pumas (big cats) are ever present.

…..Intrusive thoughts keep Matica’s mind restless, as her vacation back to Australia draws near. Talking things out with her best friends, Tamo, Tima and Talon(condors), she explains:

…..‘You know, in Australia, I was happy, as much as I can remember. I felt secure and happy, even with my affliction, because I fitted in, somehow. I thought I was, because I had friends. Friends?’ She pursed her lips then thrusted up her chin. ‘Yes, I had one special friend, she was like me. Not in the same school, not even close where we lived, but we were talking a lot on the phone. My doctor brought us together. Well,’ she nodded, ‘yes, I didn’t want to end that and go to Peru after Dad told me we have to come there. What will await me there? I was afraid. I was devastated hearing it. How will it be there? Will they accept me as I am, or will they reject me? No one rejected me in Australia. Even some looked strangely at me. Well, at that time, I didn’t know how it would feel to be rejected. I only know that now, where it happened.’ She nodded, looking into Talon’s eyes, as he looked at her, trying to understand her. ‘And then coming here,’ she continued, ‘I was so lonely because the Indians didn’t accept me, they rejected me. That was the worst thing that happened to me. I had no one to talk to or play to, until I found you, Tamo.’

…..She looked at him. Tamo nodded, as if he understood what Matica said.

…..‘That was the best thing that ever could have happened to me. And that had changed everything, yes, everything.’ She reflected and nodded. ‘Hey,’ Matica suddenly laughed. ‘You just looked at all of me. That’s it. Yes, because of my disability. And that’s who I am. As Mum is telling me: “That’s who you are”. Those are her words.’

…..Talon grunted, so did Tamo and Tima, looking her up as well. All three shook their heads.

…..‘You don’t think I’m strange looking, right? Even you know Aikon and my parents, they’re normal. And the Indians.’

…..The birds poked her chest. Talon grunted, it sounded to her as if he said, I love you. And, you are normal to me. And with that, you can fly on me. Tamo and Tima followed his sound.

…..Matica grinned happy and stroked their heads. She went on: ‘And that, my birds, was and is the best thing that could have happened to me. Now I’m so happy with you Talon and Tamo and Tima. And it all started with you, Tamo.’

…..She looked at him. He bent his neck down to her and kissed her on the nose. ‘If you wouldn’t have been curious of me and wouldn’t have come down to greet me, all this wouldn’t have happened. And now we have to end that and go back to Australia?’ She shook her head. ‘How will it be?’

…..Children can relate to Matica’s worries about leaving her familiar environment, even for a short visit. The “Talon” adventures that play out in the 95 chapters, will teach and inspire young minds. Award Winning Author Gisela Sedlmayer does an excellent job with her Talon series. Gisela’s descriptive storytelling, age-appropriate language, believable characters, and wildlife drama will engage young minds. In an age of cell phones, electronic notebooks, and hectic lifestyles, it is important to instill good reading habits in our children. As a grandmother, I invite you to share all six books in this “Talon” series with the children in your life.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Product Details:
Series: Talon (Book 6)
Paperback: 400 Pages
Publisher: Aurora House (July 27, 2020)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Action and Adventure
Grandma’s Book Club: Survival Stories
Grandma’s Book Club: Tween, Teen, YA, and Family
Grandma’s Book Club: Talon Book Series

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Windsong-6-Gigi-Sedlmayer/dp/064867956X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Windsong-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B08HLC3HBV/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

About The Author: Book Excellence Award Finalist 2017, Sole Award Medalist winner with ‘New Apple’ 2017, Nominee with Global Ebook Award 2017, silver book award with Readers’ Favorite

Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany.

Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil drafts’ person in various private consultancies in Munich.

May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colorful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years.

May 1989, they became adoptive parents of twin girls from Fiji.

September 1992, they moved to Australia.

November 1993 Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. By the grace of God, she survived and seeing her husband writing the story about the adoption, she started to write short stories for competition since her English became increasingly better.

She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.

Amazon Author’s Page:
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Professional Website:
http://www.gigised.com

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