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Ayn Cates Sullivan, MA, MFA, Ph.D. is an award-winning, Amazon best-selling mystical author. Weaving ancient wisdom traditions together with personal experience, Dr Sullivan focuses on mythology, folklore and envisioning a new humanity. Dr. Sullivan obtained her BA with honors at Hollins University and her master’s and doctorate degrees in Literature from Columbia University and King’s College London. She is the president of Infinite Light Publishing & Media, publishing books for an evolving humanity. Her books include an award-winning children’s series including Sparkle & the Gift, Sparkle & the Light, and three Sparkle Fairy Tale picture books for young children: Kachina’s Rose, Ella’s Magic and Undina’s Spell. Her best-selling fable, A Story of Becoming, won 18 literary awards. Dr Sullivan’s books on Celtic mythology include Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses and Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales. Her debut novel, Nimue: Finding Merlin, launched in January 2021 with great success. Nimue was featured in Kirkus Reviews and was also selected by Kirkus as one of the Best Books of the Month for June 2021. Ayn Cates Sullivan continues her world service as the host of Wisdom of the Ages on the SuperPower Network with over 2.6 million listeners in 2020.



BY Ayn Cates Sullivan • POSTED ON Jan. 7, 2021

An American teen discovers her connection to Celtic myth and Arthurian legend in this YA fantasy adventure, the third installment in the Legends of the Grail series.

Seventeen-year-old Nina Liber lives in Manhattan with her mother, Diana, an expert in Celtic mythology. Before their flight to Britain for the summer, Nina dreams of a woman in green who calls her a “Mage” and tells her, “remember who you are.” Diana’s husband, Felix, has been deceased two years, and she’s eager to see her twin brother, Blaise. Nina is skeptical about enjoying sights like Stonehenge and being away from her boyfriend, Owen Pelleas. Once in Hampstead, England, Nina befriends Daphne, her uncle’s occasional flame. Daphne recommends the girl visit Ganieda, a local healer named after Merlin’s sister, to gain peace of mind. Ganieda outlines the relationships between the mythical huntress Diana; her lover, the Roman god Bacchus; and their daughter, Nimue. When she hears of Nina’s dream, she echoes the woman in green by saying, “Mage, it’s time you remember who you are.” Later, a limo takes Nina to a country home called Imworth, where she meets Morgen, the woman from her dream. She tells Nina, “You were Nimue. Only you can find and awaken Merlin” and restore the balance between light and darkness on Earth. Sullivan might have written a fantasy in which her lead throws punches while hunting for relics. Instead, she’s more faithful to Merlin’s complex mythology than to the genre’s tropes. Readers will be reminded of the ways Romans used Christianity to subdue the Druids, who had their own belief system. And while Nimue and Merlin’s romance is intense—they kissed like “a tsunami crashing onto shore”—it’s just a portion of their lives, not the entirety. After seeing her previous incarnations, Nina comes to realize she’s “the power of the universe operating as a point in time and space” and that it might be possible to usher in Satya Yuga, the Golden Age, by reconnecting with the natural world. Lovely black-and-white illustrations by Crow duCray enliven the journey. A glossary is included.

This exuberant fantasy calls on readers to conceive of a loving, balanced world.

Pub Date: Jan. 7, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-947925-19-9

Page count: 340pp

Publisher: Infinite Light Publishing

Review Posted Online: March 18, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2021

Ayn Cates Sullivan Selected as Top Female Author of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)

Top Female Author of the Year

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NIMUE: FREEING MERLIN: Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books, 2021

Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales: IPPY, Nautilus, Indie Reader Discovery Award, COVR, 2019

Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses: CIPA, Beverly Hills, eLit, Pinnacle, Top Shelf, 2018

Book Reviews of Legends of the Grail Series

Awards for Legends of the Grail series

Interviews with author Ayn Cates Sullivan

Wisdom of the Ages podcast with host Ayn Cates Sullivan


A Story of Becoming

A young seed germinates in the forest before unfurling and finding her way through the rich dark soil of the earth. As she becomes a young seedling she stretches toward the sunlight, wondering what she will someday become. Nourished by the dewdrops, she grows in anticipation of the possibilities hidden within her. While still slight, some of her leaves and branches are eaten by animals. Despite the setback, she grows and matures until one day she discovers her purpose . . . she is an apple tree. She delights in being an apple tree; but over time she continues to encounter hardships, some of which are seemingly insurmountable. A Story of Becoming is an enlightening tale of self-discovery and realization, brilliantly depicted through the life and lens of an apple seed as it journeys through the wondrous yet sometimes painful experience of existence. Coupled with soulful, hand drawn illustrations of great beauty and depth, it will captivate the heart and touch the soul of both children and adults alike. A Story of Becoming was named winner of 18 Literary Awards including golds with Nautilus, Reader's Favorite, Literary Classics, Mom's Choice, Paris Book Festival and, London Book Festival. It has been an Amazon Best Selling Book off and on for several years.
Published: Dec. 31, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9884537-2-2

Eala: Mother Swan/ La Madre Cisne

“Eala, Mother Swan / La Madre Cisne by Ayn Cates Sullivan is a 32- page-long children’s illustrated book, beautifully crafted in detailed pastel colors. It is a fairy tale written in both English and Spanish simultaneously. A young boy named Hugo goes in search of the Eala, the magical swan his grandmother has told him about. He finds her just as she is preparing to fly between the worlds. Circling back down, Hugo climbs on her back and she takes him between the crack of night and day so he can find the songs and colors of his heart and soul. But the story goes deeper, for we come to understand the child has suffered wounds for ever so long. By taking this ride can he allow his soul to be restored, and learn the importance of being childlike again?" - Review by Reader's Favorite

Ella's Magic

Ella's Magic is a celebration of the uniqueness within each of us, Ella s Magic is a stand-alone Sparkle Kids Easy Reader. This book is an accompaniment to the longer continual reader Sparkle & The Light, often read by parents or avid young readers with wild imaginations. Ella s Magic is the story of a young girl named Ella, who has a special secret. When she becomes curious, a light shines out of her forehead. Ella also has the ability to fly into the other worlds, consciously dreaming in other times and places. All is well until the kids at school realize she is different. Ella must then undertake a quest to discover why she is so unusual and how to best use her powers. This is an excellent book to help young children understand bullying, and to accept the uniqueness of their friends, as well as their own special gifts. A young girl tries to hide something strange about herself from friends and family. When she becomes curious a light shines out of her forehead. Ella goes on a quest to find out why this happens to her, only to discover it is a true gift. Easy Reader: Ella's Magic is a 32 page and 1,000 word industry standard children s book (ages 4-8) with a magical tale sure to delight children of all ages. This book is intended to be read by children, as parents read alongside the longer version of the book Sparkle & The Light All six of the Sparkle books can be collected for a wonderful fairy tale experience.
Published: Oct. 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-1947925298

Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales

Sullivan’s passionate follow-up to Legends of the Grail explores women’s spirituality through retellings of six goddess tales from the King Arthur legend, among them mother goddess Arianrhod, independent Elen, and Dindraine, the “first person to achieve the Holy Grail.” Sullivan provides a breakdown of the symbolism, origin, and lineage of each story; includes her own short stories and poems that capture each goddess’s spiritual allure; and recaps their mythological lore. She then instructs women in ways to celebrate each goddess with rituals and meditation-esque visualizations intended to forge a spiritual connection between reader and goddess. Particularly enchanting is Sullivan’s section on “Ladies of the Lake”—Elaine and Nimue, goddesses of beauty and the moon, who serve as stewards into the ethereal realm—which provides visualizations and rituals meant to help readers attain greater “bodily awareness” and self-sufficiency. This approachable guide will be valuable to those interested in “goddess lore.”
Published: Sept. 2, 2017
ISBN: 2018-08-20

Kachina's Rose

Kachina's Rose. Have you ever listened closely to the song that lives in your heart? Fairies know the healing sounds that help us thrive. In this Sparkle Fairy Tale, Kachina comes out of the forest and finds the human world to be very strange. In order to help bring life back into harmony, the fairy co-creates a magical healing rose. A gardener sees the rose and takes it to his wife with surprising results. Follow Kachina to discover the song that lives in your heart. Easy Reader: Kachina s Rose is a 32 page and 1,000 word industry standard children s book (ages 4-8) with a magical tale sure to delight children of all ages. This book is intended to be read by children, as parents read alongside the longer version of the book Sparkle & The Gift All six of the Sparkle books can be collected for a wonderful fairy tale experience.
Published: Oct. 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-1947925120

Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses

Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses, is an award-winning collection of Irish myths and legends told in the traditional way with a twist; each Goddess is invited to share her story in her own way. In re-telling their tales, these archetypal figures free themselves of centuries of misunderstanding. The author, Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D, brings urgency and relevance to the psychological reality behind the Goddess within each human psyche.
Published: Sept. 2, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9884537-8-4

Undina's Spell

Undina's Spell is a nature spirit who places a spell on a young girl so that Eva can travel into the Inner World of dreams to find and heal Mother Earth. Eva bravely sets forth on a heroine s journey riding a white stag to a magical cave and then faces a dragon. Falling even more deeply into the Inner World, Eva begins to understand what is missing and what can be done about it. A story of hope and transformation, Undina s Spell reminds us that healing the world begins with forging unexpected friendships. Undina s Spell is for anyone on a hero or heroine s journey Easy Reader: "Undina's spell" is a 32 page and 1,000 word industry standard children s book (ages 4-8) with a magical tale sure to delight children of all ages. It is a book in the Sparkle Fairy Tale series.
Published: Oct. 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-1947925328