Lisa A. Kramer

Author, Speaker, Theater Artist, Creativity Facilitator

The Power of Invisible Connections: A Review of ORDER OF SEVEN by Beth Teliho

Beth Teliho's debut novel, ORDER OF SEVEN brings together rich description, powerful imagery, sensual language, and fascinating glimpses of true history mixed with fantastical legends that offer explanations about some of the biggest mysteries of human kind. It is a book that I will need to revisit, simply to uncover the hidden gems of wisdom that appear throughout, as we travel on an unexpected journey with Devi Bennett and her fellow adventurers, each who have paranormal abilities defined by the gods (or some energy that connects us all). In addition to telling an intriguing story, Teliho challenges her readers to ask deep questions: What is the purpose of life? Are we controlled by destiny? What is our responsibility to nature and the earth? Is there something that connects us all, something we cannot see?

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Available for pre-order now (and available on April 7th), I was honored to receive an advance copy of the book. Personally, I find it more difficult to write reviews of books when I already have a relationship with the author, even just a virtual one. What if I don't like it? What if I find major flaws? What if . . . ? Luckily, that didn't happen here. I did not immediately connect with Devi, for whatever reason, but it didn't take long for me to be swept fully into her story and grow to like and admire the character.  This was aided, of course, by Beth's beautiful writing, filled with phrases and images that took my mind on a journey of all five senses. In other words, this is the kind of writing that I love, because it challenges me to think, to dream, to question and to wonder.

I decided to ask Beth a few questions about the book. Enjoy her answers.

Beth Teliho

Where did the idea for ORDER OF SEVEN come from?
"I honestly can't say it came from one thing or one instance. This story has been coming together for years. Trips I've taken influenced the story, my family, my interests and science background, books I've read, etc. I knew the message I wanted to convey; the rest was born from that."
If you had a specific psychic power what would it be?
"Telekinesis for sure! I want to be like Lauren from P.O.W.ER. :)" {Click here for Beth's review of P.O.W.ER}
How did you research the tribes/locations/images in this book? Do the tribes actually exist?
"That's another reason this book took so long. TONS of research!! The locations are all real (the church in NM; Wonderboom  Preserve in SA; El Arbor Del Tule outside of Oaxaca; Nan Hua Temple, etc) but the stories around them, the legends, etc etc. that all came from mah brain. The tribes are also all fictional. Although the white calf legend with the Lakota is true. "
What do you love the most about writing? What is the most difficult thing for you?
"I love the freedom of expression most. I love there are no limits to what I can dream and put on paper (or computer, rather). The hardest thing is trusting my voice and not doubting. Oh and having TIME to write as much as I'd like!"
What inspires you?
"Weird stories, the paranormal, the past (archaeology, etc), the unconventional. And intensity in any area inspires me. Like the primal, visceral feelings: love, hate,  desire, anger, envy, sadness.....

Also, nature inspires the hell out of me."
As I said yesterday, I love the power of words, whether in book form, blogging, or silly interview questions, make me feel more connected with another person. Beth and I are inspired by similar things, and dream through our writing. I can't wait to read her next book.