The Spanish edition of Traces of Bliss was selected as a finalist in Foreword Reviews Book of  the Year Awards.The awards ceremony will take place on June 28, 2013 at the American Library Association conference in Chicago.



“Traces of Bliss is full of surprises, switchbacks, and skillfully evoked vignettes of an ancient world of supernatural events that bleed into present-day reality. Its focus on strong but otherworldly females will remind some readers of the books of Isabel Allende and Margaret Atwood, while its blend of everyday happenings with step-through visions from the world of ghosts and spirits is reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. Velástegui spins her lush tale with a sense of the sacredness of inner vision. Hers is a celebration of language that readers have come to expect from Latin American writers; Velástegui deserves to be recognized as a distinguished member of that group.”

Barbara Bamberger Scott- ForeWord Clarion Review
*****Five Stars out of 5


“Traces of Bliss is a hauntingly beautiful book, which will certainly appeal to readers of intelligent fiction. [Velástegui’s] ability to seamlessly weave the past and the present in a fashion that defies description, coupled with a great sense of language and meticulous research, results in a story which at times reads like historical fiction, bordering on fantasy, and at other times is a very insightful view of class and race issues in contemporary California.”

––Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson, Reader Views

“A beautifully written story of love, loss and opportunity. Velástegui’s psychological thriller is a dark tale of angst and redemption spanning centuries… In one way or another [the characters], all are searching for their roots––the very essence of their souls.  Velástegui sees to it that everyone finds what they are looking for, to the elation of most and the utter despair of others.”

––Kirkus Indie Review

“The reader is taken on a true journey across not only time but landscape as they delve past historical fiction and into a boundless exploration of love, love lost, and the stakes associated with reclamation. The author cleverly weaves historical persecution of various races and religions into a modern day twisting tale of deception and predation of the elderly…proving that the righteous are rewarded while the wretched receive their due.”

––Jenifer Kimble, US Review of Books