Bear Me Away to a Better World: The Tale of a Duo, the Power of Music, and a Chandelier

Bear Me Away to a Better World: The Tale of a Duo, the Power of Music, and a Chandelier

Bear Me Away to a Better World: The Tale of a Duo, the Power of Music, and a Chandelier

Bear Me Away to a Better World: The Tale of a Duo, the Power of Music, and a Chandelier


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Bear Me Away to a Better World tells the story of two intensely creative people who meet in the 1950s, bond, and form a partnership that touches many lives.

Fifty years later, at their beloved Villa Zanetta, a performing arts center in California's Sonoma Valley, someone is (presumably) murdered, but someone else is secretly loved, while another is disgraced, and yet another finds solutions.

We find Hector sowing seeds in the Villa Garden, and Marcus discovering new artistic vistas, while Martha grieves a loss and Kendra hopes for a future.

Circling the periphery of Villa Zanetta and its cast of colorful creatives are Hayne Williams and Diesel Edwards, the "duo" in the subtitle, who make discoveries of their own and hold it all together with the power of art, ideas and music.

In today's confounding universe, Bear Me Away to a Better World wraps its arms around you to give you sweet joy and dear hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798218073619
Publisher: Lucky Valley Press
Publication date: 10/25/2022
Series: The Villa Zanetta Mysteries , #1
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Ginna BB Gordon's life has been surrounded by music and the arts. Her father, Richard, was a musician, composer and conductor, her mother, Virginia, an actor, architect and accomplished artist in several mediums. While Ginna was in her mother's womb, Richard composed hymns and played them on the piano to ease Virginia's dreams. Morning reveille blasted through the household intercom at 6am and usually included a Sousa march. After moving to California as a teenager, Ginna experienced 14 years on the stages of community theaters, with occasional bits in film and TV. Ginna's passion for organic growing and cooking beautiful food led her to myriad venues where she reigned as chef, from a small conference center in Calistoga to the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, and a few cafes and restaurants in between.Ginna began her writing career at age nine with How to be Obnoxious in 25 Easy Lessons (written at the suggestion of her irritated big brother). Now lost to history, Obnoxious is remembered as a small comic book with stick figure cartoons, stapled in the middle. Ginna's first cookbook, A Simple Celebration, the Nutritional Program for the Chopra Center for Well Being, was published by Random House/Harmony Books in 1997. While honing her writing skills, Ginna served for eight years as Operations Director and Event Planner for Carmel Music Society, the oldest performing arts non-profit west of the Mississippi. Following that, for another seven years she planned and managed major events for the Carmel Bach Festival and other West Coast organizations. Ginna has written five other cookbooks, including The Soup Kit, a comprehensive guide to making gourmet broths and soups; Bonnebrook and The Gingerbread Farm, the first two volumes in her cooking memoir series; First You Grow the Pumpkin, about growing, making, and preserving culinary treats; and her latest, Once a Baker, 100 Bakery Favorites (2022). Ginna's previous novels are Looking for John Steinbeck, Deke Interrupted and Humming in Spanish, the first three volumes in her ongoing Lavandula Series, a saga about coming of age in California in the 1960s. Bear Me Away to a Better World is her 11th book.Ginna lives on the Pacific Rim with her husband, David Gordon, musician, book designer, and author of two non-fiction books. Together they run Lucky Valley Press, a boutique book design and pre-press company serving independent authors throughout the US.Learn more about Ginna at

David Gordon was deeply involved in the development and creation of Bear Me Away to a Better World. He served as a reality check, advisor, a source of background information, a provider of show-biz color and details, and a constant and faithful supporter of the author. After conservatory training in Montreal and Chicago, David made his operatic debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1973. In the following decades he forged a distinguished international career as opera and concert tenor, voice teacher, lecturer, and author. David has appeared as tenor soloist with virtually every major North American symphony orchestra, and with other prestigious orchestras and music festivals on four continents. His classical repertoire spans eight centuries of music and eight languages." A virtuoso singer and actor," (Salzburg Nachrichten), David has portrayed 60 principal roles on the stages of the Chicago Lyric Opera; San Francisco Opera; Houston Grand Opera; Metropolitan Opera; Washington National Opera; Hamburg Staatsoper (Germany), and other companies in North America, Europe, and Japan.David's classical discography includes eight centuries of music on CDs for RCA Red Seal, Decca, London, Telarc, Naxos, Delos, and Vox. The music of J.S. Bach has a special place in David's career as singer, lecturer, and author. The Chicago Tribune described him as "one of the world's great Bach tenors," and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called him "One of the greatest interpreters of the Evangelist of our time." He has sung Bach's music in hundreds of concerts in North and South America, Europe, and Japan. David's fascination with Bach and daily life in historical times led him to write The Little Bach Book, his eclectic and unique study of the everyday world in Bach's time. Learn more about David at
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