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  OPRAH MEANS BUSINESS  
  Tuesday, August 8, 2006  (Excerpt)  
 

   Los Angeles author and "Oprah" aspirant, Maria Veloso's novel, Midwinter Turns to Spring, which comes with its own music soundtrack, has drawn reader comparisons to the Oprah-championed Robert James Waller megaseller The Bridges of Madison County.

   Thus far, Veloso has garnered lots of plaudits. "Your book left me speechless and in tears," one fan gushed. "Magnifico! Oprah Winfrey would love this book!" Another wrote, "AMAZING!!! I give you a standing ovation! You need to send this novel to Oprah for her book club."

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A Novel That Sings!

Once in a great while, a book comes along which has a profound and indelible effect on you, for reasons beyond your comprehension.  Midwinter Turns to Spring by Maria Veloso is such a book.

"Midwinter Turns to Spring is one of the most beautiful, moving and emotionally satisfying novels I've read in a long time.  The message that comes through shines with so much hope, grace, redemption -- and stands as such a powerful picture of true, faithful love, that I can only weep and hope that it will reach and heal many people.  This novel humbles me and challenges me to deeper definitions of love."  -- Diane Eble, author of 11 books including Abundant Gifts and MotherStyles  

Midwinter Turns to Spring is a phenomenally important work that represents the synergistic fusion of prose and music.  Maria Veloso is pioneering a next-generation genre in fiction that incorporates profound insights, a message of transcendence and extraordinary songwriting.” -- Tony Trupiano, host of nationally syndicated "Tony Trupiano Show"   Read more glowing reviews

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Midwinter Turns to Spring's book jacket reads:   ↓↓↓

     The story begins when Cassidy Hamilton, a San Francisco woman, moves into a Victorian apartment, and discovers a hidden drawer tucked behind the baseboard of a built-in china cabinet.  Inside the drawer is the journal of Savannah Curtis, a woman who lived in the same Victorian apartment twenty-six years earlier.

     The journal reveals the story of Alfonso Madrigál, a Spanish flamenco guitarist, who meets Savannah, an artist and art appraiser, when he seeks to authenticate a painting that is thought to be the work of Pablo Picasso--a painting that has a mysterious pentimento that's just beginning to resurface.  Neither of them is looking for the other, and yet when Alfonso Madrigál finds himself attending Savannah's art lecture one Indian summer in 1977, events from that day forward conspire to irretrievably change both their lives--and the lives of those who knew them.


The premise incites much curiosity and interest, but it isn't until you read the Prologue that you realize this is no ordinary book...

... and it isn't until you've read through page 9 that the story grips your heart and keeps you glued to each new page. 

But the eleventh chapter is the defining point of no return.  You may even find, as the character of Savannah Curtis did, wanting the moments to go on without end, "clutching them to your heart ... never wanting them to be over."
 
Here's what people are saying about Midwinter Turns to Spring:

THIS BOOK IS LIFE-CHANGING
 

"Amazing!  This is the best book I've ever read!  I did not want it to end! I loved listening to the music soundtrack while reading the book -- what an unforgettable experience. This is life-changing -- it certainly changed my views on life. The messages, emotions, and definitions of love given in this book should be shared with the world."
-- Dominique Daniel, Diamond Bar, California  

ONE OF THE BEST LOVE STORIES I'VE EVER READ

"Wow!  I just finished reading Midwinter Turns to Spring and I can't say enough good things about this novel and accompanying CD.  What a literary piece of work!  This novel is one of the best love stories I've ever read. The accompanying CD really took me to a whole new level while reading the story!  I hope that the author plans to write another piece of work like this one.  The author has such a gift for writing.  I can honestly say I just became so engrossed in the story I felt like I was watching a movie as I proceeded through the book.  What a wonderful idea and interesting concept to incorporate music into the story...I definitely had a deeper understanding and relationship with the characters while listening to the CD.  The music is just beautiful.  I've played the CD so often my 3-year-old now walks around humming the songs."
-- Heather Arcuri, Cary, North Carolina

"MIDWINTER TURNS TO SPRING" ENTHRALLED ME ...
I DEVOURED IT IN ONE EVENING!
 

"The story of Midwinter Turns to Spring was riveting.  It enthralled me -- I couldn't put it down, and devoured it in one evening, ending with tears rolling down my face.  The art and music references intrigued me. The characters are richly depicted, and the thoughts and inferences appealing.  I highly recommend this book." -- Gisela Dalrymple, Bellingham, Washington

A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY DRIVEN BY LOVE

"Fusing prose and music, Maria Veloso’s Midwinter Turns to Spring starts off a little too lovey-dovey but ends up taking you on a spiritual journey driven by love.  Set in 1977 San Francisco and bringing you back to present day Mendocino, it tells the painful story of a famous Flamenco musician who falls in love with an artist -- a love so complex, they must sacrifice being together in order to avoid the drama and pain betraying their significant others will cause.  Veloso, who identifies strongly with her Spanish roots (she’s Filipino), wrote the music for the accompanying CD (performed by Zendrik), and succeeds at weaving romantic flamenco riffs into her novel to intensify the reading experience much the way a movie soundtrack does.  So grab a tissue because it’s bound to conjure memories of some of your own battles with love."
-- Tu Ciudad Los Angeles Weekly 09-14-06


I TREASURE THE RELATIONSHIP INSIGHTS

“I loved the story told in the novel, but what I enjoyed even more were the relationship insights I derived from the story.   While reading the novel, I would come upon passages that had so much relationship wisdom that they made me jump up from my reading, find my husband, read the passages to him and tell him this is the way love should be. This novel dispelled many myths I used to believe about love.  It taught me more about how to build a lasting relationship with my husband than most relationship books I’ve read.  This book ought to be on Oprah's Book Club.” -- Lori Jensen, Eclectic Book Club, Los Angeles, California

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A Word of Mouth Phenomenon

Midwinter Turns to Spring
is the kind of book that has gained thousands of devoted readers purely by word of mouth.  The way most readers have found out about this "jewel of a book" is a friend puts an arm around them, hands the book to them and says, "This book is amazing.  Just trust me -- you're going to love it!"

As a result, readers have spread the word to various corners of the world -- from the shores of the U.S. and Canada, across the pond to the United Kingdom -- and even to Spain, Italy, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.

THIS IS A MUST-READ BOOK ...
A TOUCHING, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN LOVE STORY!


"I love Midwinter Turns to Spring!!!  I can't remember the last time I cried reading a novel.  It made it more special listening to the music -- and I cried even more listening to Zendrik sing, especially La Ultima Vez.  The book has given me a renewed sense of hope about love.  It is such a touching, beautifully written love story and a feel-good type of book.  I fell in love with Alfonso right from the start -- so passionate, caring and loved life so much.  Savannah is what every girl can relate to.  We have a little bit of Savannah in all of us.  And the way the author described every place and thing and feeling was as if I was there. I've been telling everyone that this is a must-read book!!  This certainly deserves to be on Oprah's Book Club and I've written an e-mail to Oprah telling her so.  This book rocks!" -- Marilen Ojeda, San Francisco, California  

I'M IN SURREAL AWE...

"When I started reading Midwinter Turns to Spring, I immediately fell in love with it and became an instant fan of Maria Veloso.  The music that comes with the novel is so soothing, relaxing and enchanting -- I really, really love it.  I'm in surreal awe of Maria's words and I savor her words as one would savor rich chocolate truffles.  I've read and enjoyed novels like Bridges of Madison County, but this work reaches emotional heights seldom reached by other novels.  It certainly deserves to be on Oprah's Book Club." -- Celine Hamel, Walnut Creek, California 

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"The Music Gives a Whole New Dimension to Novel Reading"

It comes as an unexpected surprise to most readers when they find that Midwinter Turns to Spring comes with its
own music soundtrack of songs also written by its author, Maria Veloso

While many are perfectly happy reading the novel without the benefit of listening to the music soundtrack, even more are thrilled by the fusion of prose and music -- and claim that its unlike any other literary or entertainment format they've ever experienced before.

What makes Midwinter Turns to Spring different from other books with companion music CDs is that the themes of the novel are interwoven with the songs on the music soundtrack -- and the song lyrics are sprinkled throughout the book.  This enhances your enjoyment of the novel in the context of the music -- and enhances your enjoyment of the music soundtrack in the context of the novel.

The songs intensify the emotional involvement of the reader much like a film score intensifies the emotional appeal of a movie.

Some have described the songs as "heavenly" and others have said "the songs are so achingly beautiful that they make you want to weep."  The vocals and the musical arrangements on the Flamenco-flavored pop ballads, replete with romantic Spanish guitars, gives readers a vivid picture of the characters and the settings.  

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AN EXTRAORDINARY TOUR DE FORCE...

"The music soundtrack that came with Midwinter Turns to Spring gave a whole new dimension to novel reading.  This novel/CD combo is something no book or music lover should be without.  It’s an extraordinary tour de force for Maria Veloso to have been able to excel in both the literary and music aspects equally well."
-- Cindy Bennett, Folsom, New Jersey

THE SONGS TOOK MY BREATH AWAY

"I loved the novel but the songs on the music CD took my breath away.  Romantic strains of Flamenco guitar were woven throughout, tugging at my heartstrings and giving me a taste of what Alfonso's sentiments must have been like, and how Savannah must've felt.  Not only is the music tantalizing, but the vocalists, Zendrik and Seana Fisher, obviously are world-class singers."  -- Georgia Phillips, Montpelier, Vermont

THE SONGS SHOULD BE HEARD ON THE AIRWAVES

"I applaud Midwinter Turns to Spring and the brave, new genre Maria Veloso is pioneering.  This is sure to become a bestseller!  Give this book to Oprah Winfrey!  The novel is moving, and the songs on the CD soundtrack are so beautiful that they should be enjoyed not only in the context of novel reading, but be heard on the airwaves as well."  -- Jackie Silva, Valparaiso, Indiana

THE MUSIC IS SO BEAUTIFUL ... I HAVE THIS CD
ON MY TOP 10!


"The first time I listened to it, I danced with my wife.  Our hearts melted in a calm valley covered with snow flakes.  I am from Spain and can recognize the essence of my beautiful country in this music.  The music is so beautiful I have this CD on my top 10!"
-- Sergi Mora, Barcelona, Spain

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"This is not an ordinary book with a companion music CD -- it's an unforgettable experience you can't afford to miss"

Here's an EXCERPT from the Prologue of Midwinter Turns to Spring:
 

"If you've never been moved by a song so deep that it touched places in your heart you didn't know existed ... if you've never heard a guitar weep, or lost yourself in its tears ... if you've never been swept up in the delirium of a love that defies all odds ... the story of Savannah Curtis and Alfonso Madrigál will open your eyes to what's possible when one dares to love."
 

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