Animated Spiritual Fantasy Offers Wisdom for Any Age or Walk of Life

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Judy Azar LeBlanc's spell-binding novel, "Many Faces to Many Places" uses allegorical storytelling to share the tale of one soul's quest for truth.

How many people at one time or another haven't thought about the true meaning of love or happiness? How many people have wondered, "Why am I here? What is the purpose of life?" Judy Azar LeBlanc uses timeless wisdom to transcend the barriers of age, religion, sex and culture and provide answers to these questions in her latest novel, "Many Faces to Many Places" (ISBN 1-594678-66-9, Xulonpress, 2006).

Leblanc's unique twist on classic themes is receiving critical acclaim and was awarded Best Inspirational Book of the Year in 2006 from USA Book News (audio book version) and New Book Reviews, and was also a finalist in the Reader Views Literary Awards 2006 in the General Fiction category.

Many Faces, Leblanc's main character, is a courageous spirit with a unique gift of communicating with nature, and is guided by a pair of "floating eyes" that represent her faith. On a deeper level, Many Faces represents the different facial expressions/identities that people assume through different stages of life. "Her name is symbolic of a key theme of the novel," say Leblanc. "Many people travel the same paths in life together, and though those paths may look different from the outside, they are often the same from within."

This compelling story unfolds as a three-part journey that Leblanc feels draws a realistic picture of our own walk through life. Part one reflects upon the "up" stages of life where possibilities and potential are endless; part two reflects upon the "down" stages where the power of choice is explored; and, part three represents a time of "reflection," where wisdom and understanding are realized.

Other significant characters that Many Faces' encounters - such as, the villain King Ekaf, the Golden Butterfly of Happiness, and Great Mr. Willow - all bring a vivid and magical quality to the reader's imagination, as well as symbolic illustrations of personality traits we all come across in life. While LeBlanc takes a fanciful storytelling approach with her writing, the universal truths represented in "Many Faces to Many Places" make it an ageless novel, akin to "The Wizard of Oz." She conveys spiritual wisdom without a religious context making this an inspiring read for all faiths.

"The underlying message of 'Many Faces to Many Places' is learning that loving yourself and others is the most important thing that we can do while we are still alive," LeBlanc says. "I think my book illustrates that although life does have its trials and tribulations, there is always something good that comes out of them, and that is what we need to focus on."

Judy Azar LeBlanc resides in Mesa, Arizona. She is a graduate of San Jose University and made her career in the defense industry. In addition to "Many Faces to Many Places" she is the author of three other novels, "Things My Father Never Taught Me", "The Compromise", and "The Unveiling" and is hard at work on a fifth. "Many Faces to Many Places" (ISBN 1-594678-66-9, Xulonpress, 2006) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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