A Chronicle of Love and Slavery Spins Uncontrollably in Riveting Book

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Author Desiree Briscoe’s “Leaving Panheywa” is an enthralling tale about a young woman who must choose whether to forever live her life in slavery or to take the chance and be free

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In a village called Panheywa, life is a picture of happiness and opulence. Awee’et, a free-spirited character, considered this place a small paradise where she could feel the breeze from the ocean, see the trees sway in the wind, animals run freely without fear, and where everyone lives in harmony with the earth—and where she finds the love of her life. This divine scenario however, will suddenly change with the coming of the invaders and in author Desiree Briscoe’s Leaving Panheywa, readers will find Awee’et trapped in the claws of slavery and compelled to make a life-changing decision.

Set in 1700s, this book is a depiction of the true struggle of a people under the power of slavery. It focuses on the lives of Awee’et, a young woman who has just started making her own life, who chooses not to leave her village to be with her beloved, Kwa’la, who prefers to die for his land. Soon, the group of strangers who come across her people forces them into slavery. Now, she must choose whether to forever live her life under the power of the tyrants or to take the chance and be free. Before readers can uncover which path Awee’et would choose, they will witness their suffering, the struggle of their people, the strength of their love, and the commitment of their families—until the surprising end unfolds.

Peppered with romantic images, gripping scenes and unforgettable characters that intensify the absorbing storyline, this tale is based on true events among the Acjachemen people, a tribe in Southern California thought to be completely extinct, but were merely hiding. It breeds readers’ awareness, hope and inspiration to protect their freedom, their land and their own people.

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About the Author
Desiree Briscoe is part of the Acjachemen tribe. She married at the age of 19 and began writing this book shortly after she was married. She resides in Southern California and is currently a student at Kaplan University. She strives to unfold the truth of what happened to her people so many years ago. Although she mostly writes fictional books, the truth will somehow be twisted in with the fiction.

Leaving Panheywa * by Desiree Briscoe
Publication Date: June 13, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 109 pages; 978-1-4771-2488-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 109 pages; 978-1-4771-2489-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-2490-1

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