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THE EKSTASIS TRILOGY
Book I - The Return of the Sovereign Heart
Together, they are the keys to humankind’s original blueprint. Apart, will they find each other through the pages of time?
Mona Devek is driven by an innate knowing. As a walk-in from birth, her life’s unfolding twists and turns serve to awaken her to her potential and identity and to reconnect her with an ancient star tribe. But when she publishes a work of fiction detailing her spiritual quest, something inspires her to fill in the blanks left by her as-yet-unseen interdimensional lover.
David Wilkins is a firm atheist and has long given up on happiness. Devastated by the tragic loss of his wife and child, the former award-winning film director shelved an unread book his sister shared on account of its uncanny similarities to his own life. Then on one transatlantic flight home, he finally flips it open . . . and by the time he reaches the last page, he is no longer the same person.
As Mona uncovers more about her true origin and her reason for incarnating, she discovers that the entire free will of human beings is at stake. And as David’s creativity resurfaces and he plans a return to directing by making a movie of Mona’s best-selling novel, he is shocked when he learns that the author he has grown to love is in a coma.
Can their spirits rejoin in the physical realm and save humanity from oblivion?
Ekstasis: The Return of the Sovereign Heart is the inspiring first book in the Ekstasis magical realism romance series. If you like a visionary and metaphysical adventure, with relatable paths of healing, where trauma and loss are transmuted into love, then you’ll adore M. I. Dugast’s journey into the soul.
Buy Ekstasis - The Return of the Sovereign Heart today to pierce the veil today!
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"Spiritual, morally and emotionally complex 'novels' are exceptionally rare, but Ekstasis: The Return of the Sovereign Heart is just such one. If the thematic blend of love, reality, and spiritualism piques your interest, you will most likely love this massive work by Dugast." - AuthorsReading.com
"The unusual blend of romance and enlightenment creates a story that blossoms with inspiration and meaning. It's especially recommended for spiritual readers who enjoy fictional accounts of journeys towards enlightenment." - Midwest book review
This is a really good book that is worth a read for those who can appreciate the complexities of a hyper-dimensional spiritual journey, as well as for those who are new to the genre but are looking for something heavy to get lost in. A surprising new take on the Adam and Eve concept which is really, really deep. Recommended. - ReadersFavorites
"A book within a book, where love is a pulsating force field that can connect hearts, souls, and spirits, transcending beyond even death." - OnlineBookClub.org
Review from The Red Headed Book lover
Ekstasis is a profound and sensational book written by the exceptional and talented author Mahayana I. Dugast and wow what a stellar story! Ekstasis is a book I was keen to read ever since discovering it because I always love to find unique stories to read so when I discovered Ekstasis I thought 'is this finally the perfect book?!'. Now that I have finished Ekstasis, I can happily write that yes, it is book lovers.
Ekstasis is an incredible, well-developed magical realism romance tale that will captivate readers from beginning to end. That is why I already recommend this book, however, if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about the wonderful Ekstasis!
Ekstasis is a magical realism novel that will introduce the reader to the stars of the novel Mona Devek, and David Wilkins. Mona and David lead two very different lives, Mona believes she is from an ancient race who is having an earthly experience and she puts all her thoughts and beliefs to paper and details all of this in a book. This not only creates a spark for her to find interdimensional love, but it also ignites a spark in David Wilkins.
David is a man who has given up on faith and is an atheist after the loss of his wife and child. However, when he reads Mona's book, his world changes forever and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible Ekstasis!
The story of Ekstasis is a captivating one thanks to the enthralling and emotionally charged moments as well as the unpredictable nature of the book that will have the readers turning the pages with haste from beginning to end. I love books that involve a journey because usually in these stories the character develops and grows as they overcome events which in turn adds to the development of the character and that is most certainly the case with Ekstasis!
Ekstasis is a remarkable, fascinating, and addictive read that managed to entertain me from start to finish thanks to the unique premise of the story as well as the excellent literature courtesy of Mahayana I. Dugast. Dugast is an incredibly talented author who clearly knows how to write unique but engaging stories. It was evident to me from the start that Dugast is a passionate writer who surely loves entertaining readers with her literature and putting a smile on readers' faces! I loved this about the author, but what I loved the most about Dugast's writing is her remarkable descriptions because they genuinely amazed me.
Overall Ekstasis is a marvelous, stellar, and supreme magical realism romance book that will entertain, delight as well as charm readers! And so I, of course, have to award this book five stars! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers; you won't regret it!
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Review from AuthorsReading.com
This is Dugast's first book in her Ekstasis magical realism romance series. I had to look up the word Ekstasis to try to get a better idea of what the title is intended to convey. This is what I found for a definition of Ekstasis:
The throwing of the mind out of its normal state, alienation of mind, whether such as makes a lunatic or that of a man who by some sudden emotion is transported as it were out of himself, so that in this rapt condition, although he is awake, his mind is drawn off from all surrounding objects and wholly fixed on things divine that he sees nothing but the forms and images lying within, and thinks that he perceives with his bodily eyes and ears realities shown him by God.
Dugast allows the interplay of narrative and spirituality to run wild through the fields of her imagination resulting in an impactful and timeless story with the allure of magic shrouded with reality and love.
While Dugast's novel is certainly deeply layered with spiritual ruminations, she doesn't skimp on rich narrative, clever dialogue, delivered at a steady pace with a smattering of soft eroticism sprinkled throughout the pages.
It is a humongous and challenging tale that delves into life's mysteries in many ways. The first book of this series is physically huge, covering a breadth of diverse characters. We have the atheist David who has lost his belief in God and with good reasons. However, David's view and feelings towards life are radically changed when he reads a book by Mona Devek.
Devek's book is a heartfelt tale influenced by her strange beliefs that she is a descendant of people from another world. One character in Dugast's novel described Devek's work as a fictionalized journal that describes facing odds that should have terminated the protagonist.
One of the characters I loved best was a mysterious dog who first was simply a spirit of a sort and then metamorphosed into physical form.
Mona's dog, named Achak, could talk with her and was willing to draw into its own being the pain Mona felt when she was stricken with cancer. All the animals in the novel are unique, but Achak was the most interesting.
The spiritual experiences the book relates are from many cultures and beliefs. You learn about Ho'oponopono, an ancient Hawaiian spiritual practice that allows the character Kassandra to silence the demons inside of her that were interfering in the writing of her book. It cleansed her mind of negatives and let her move forward toward the completion of her novel.
The entire body of work is powerful and full of fantastical spiritual allegories. Spiritual, morally and emotionally complex 'novels' are exceptionally rare, but Ekstasis: The Return of the Sovereign Heart is just such one. If the thematic blend of love, reality, and spiritualism piques your interest, you will most likely love this massive work by Dugast.
This is a book to let your imagination bloom, to be patient and savor the words, set aside time for full attention, and let yourself be overtaken by what seemed just a breath beyond the veil between the spiritual and the physical reality.
Due out end of July 2016
Review by D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Ekstasis - The Return of the Sovereign Heart offers a spiritual journey with the first book in the Ekstasis magical realism romance series. It follows the trials and experiences of spiritual seeker Mona Devek, who publishes a fictional story that changes atheist reader David Wilkins, shaking him from his grief over the loss of his beloved family.
Mona's publication not only transforms David, but leads him into a new venture as he decides to make a movie about her story. When he discovers that Mona's journey has taken away his ability to meet and interact with her, he faces yet another shock...and a revised purpose in life.
M.I. Dugast crafts an outstanding story of reincarnation, recovery, discovery, and spiritual survival that operates on many delightfully unexpected levels.
On the one hand, it's a concurrent survey of two disparate individuals who find their destinies unexpectedly entwined. On another level, it's about trauma and healing from losses that provides quite involving descriptions which (it should be cautioned, and is consequently marked as trigger warnings at the start of the book) sometimes embrace graphic violence and horror.
Readers who expect a spiritual journey alone may be surprised by the concurrent reflections and revised experiences a host of characters face as they consider the purpose and possibility of new life approaches and meanings:
"The visions at the millennium and, much later, her experience with Cillian, had been the last times she had felt something close to what she was feeling in the present moment, although this was very different. Not only was it more intense, but there seemed to be a distinct echo to it—a reciprocity. The thought sent her head into a vortex of activity that seemed to have a life of its own, contracting and expanding, like breath, like heartbeats—paving a way to a new life, her inner being whispered. 'Yes! I really am wholeheartedly ready for a new life!'"
From hyperdimensional doors to the concept of David as a host who carries a destiny beyond his understanding, Dugast crafts a metaphysical tale replete in thought-provoking considerations of what it means to adopt a new lease on life.
Readers who enjoy uplifting metaphysical and spiritual sagas will find Ekstasis - The Return of the Sovereign Heart filled with characters and choices that enlighten, delight, and ultimately lead to love.
The unusual blend of romance and enlightenment creates a story that blossoms with inspiration and meaning. It's especially recommended for spiritual readers who enjoy fictional accounts of journeys towards enlightenment.
Reviewed by ReadersFavorite.com [Jamie Michele]
Ekstasis: The Return of the Sovereign Heart by M. I. Dugast is a metaphysical fiction novel that revolves around two primary main characters who embody various spiritual incarnations in search of love, healing, and divine connection, and is the first book in The Ekstasis Trilogy.
David is a broken man, disconnected by grief from the physical world and from a void of faith in spiritual life he does not believe in.
Mona is tightly woven into the fabric of the spiritual world, but out of reach from David who can barely comprehend what he is destined to know, and to be.
They are both of this world and of a dimension most cannot or refuse to see. The book is written from multiple points of view as a result of the metaphysical elements of reincarnation, and existence beyond any one human body. Therefore, the point of view characters are sometimes the same, simply in an alternate form. Between the Earthly storyline[s] and the spiritual fabric are the journeys of discovery that are not always in a linear motion, although there is firm continuity between David and Mona 'then' and who or what they are in the versions of themselves we meet. It is the odyssey to join David, Mona, their incarnations, the Elders, and a diverse divine network that are the crux of Dugast's character-driven plot.
M. I. Dugast covers a lot of terrain in this first entry into her Ekstasis Trilogy, which is to be expected since The Return of the Sovereign Heart is over 800 pages long. It is not a light read, an easy read, or a comfortable read, but it is a good read. I had to take notes initially because the story jumps around a lot, sometimes shifting to two to three point-of-view characters and scenes in the span of a single page. The writing style isn't as polished as some readers will expect but, at the beginning at least, it works in tandem with the more disturbing worldly elements which are extremely dark.
As the novel progresses, the worldly elements are also quite beautiful, with a particular scene where loved ones are reunited unexpectedly through the work of a shaman being a standout. Another is when a reincarnation as a dolphin is described and the meaning of the book's title is fully realized. Dugast writes, “A sleek undulation of her body and a flap of her tail propelled her forward, and she torpedoed through the silken waters, reveling in pure bliss. Ekstasis.”
This is a really good book that is worth a read for those who can appreciate the complexities of a hyper-dimensional spiritual journey, as well as for those who are new to the genre but are looking for something heavy to get lost in. A surprising new take on the Adam and Eve concept which is really, really deep. Recommended.
Review from OnlineBookClub.org for "Ekstasis - The Return of the Sovereign Heart" by M. I. Dugast. 4 out of 4 stars
"Man is Divinity incarnated in a masculine body. Woman is Divinity incarnated in a female body. The Human body is God-made. One of the finest and most intricate vehicle through which one's soul can experience life, and recognize another in the same light, to unite in true Love." This quote by Master Ishwa, a spiritual leader in Ekstasis - The Return of the Sovereign Heart, sums up the book's essence.
Ericka was different right from childhood. She didn't act like other normal kids, made poor grades in school, heard voices in her head, and had another self — her camera self. It didn't help that her parents didn't have a close relationship with her to understand what was happening. A horrifying experience when she was fifteen made her discover her camera self, which became her haven but made her best friend distance herself. Having one bad relationship after another didn't help. When she finally got married and started having children, she thought she had found the true love for which she craved. But her quest to discover, explore, and develop her spirituality made her husband turn against her. What was wrong with her? As she tried her best to follow her spiritual guides to find her true love, events turned in a way that got even her spiritual guides worried.
M. I. Dugast does an exceptional job writing a book within a book. With the lives of the characters intricately interwoven, he still makes a whole lot of sense with it. There is so much revelation, power, and light embedded in it that anyone who reads it will be changed. It's the kind of fiction that makes you wonder if it's fiction because you can see yourself in it, it tugs at your heart, and you almost forget it's just a novel in your hand. But it's more than a novel. Have you ever wondered about who or what you are, whether there's more to you than the physical, how to find meaningful, heartfelt relationships, or just what to make of this planet of ours called earth? This is the book for you. Within its fictional walls are facts you can research and explore. In-depth, free-minded reading will open your eyes to them.
I didn't care so much about all the scientific data explorations the author outlined, but it served to lend a sort of mystical reality to the book. It looked like the book was about a whole lot of things, and I believe that any one of those things could stand out for any reader, depending on their desire. The book written within the main book had two endings that reflected the writer's life; that was a big wow for me. In the midst of it all, the author did an excellent job of bringing out one message — there is only love; love is all that is real, and it is far more than the mere emotion that many think it is. Love is a pulsating force field that can connect hearts, souls, and spirits, transcending beyond even death. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. There wasn't anything I disliked.
Though it's a spiritual book, it's not religious in the sense of promoting one religion over another. Any mention of religion reflects the characters' path in discovering their spirituality. It's not centered on morality; if that's what you're looking for, you won't find it there. I recommend it to readers who love romance, mystery, and science fiction. Spiritualists can also gain some insight from it.