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Circles (Shining Light's Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ruby Standing Deer
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Circles by Ruby Standing Deer

Evolved Publishing brings you a rare glimpse into ancient Native American culture, in the award-winning historical novel, Circles, the first in the Shining Light's Saga series. [DRM-Free]

Historical Fiction, American Indian, Cultural Heritage

With much of the world still undiscovered, a small band of people live a peaceful life, until the dream vision of a young boy, Feather Floating In Water, changes everything. Only nine winters old, Feather’s dreams turn his seemingly ordinary childhood into the journey of a lifetime. He must help his people face a terrifying destiny from which they cannot turn away. He must find a way to make his people listen.

Bright Sun Flower, the boy’s grandmother, guides his beginnings, teaching him about the Circle of Life, and how without it, no life can exist. But he needs a bigger push, and gets it from a grey wolf and a Great Elder. The boy’s journey leads him to discover that the Circle of Life involves all people, all living things, and not just the world he knows.

In the end, an ancient People guide the boy in his visions, toward an unexpected place hidden from outsiders.

This story is steeped in American Indian life, in their beliefs and humor, and in their love of family. It shows how we might benefit from the old ways today.


If you love Circles, be sure to check out the continuing adventures of these remarkable peoples in the sequel, Spirals.

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About the Author

Ruby Standing Deer has been a wanderer, and a journeyman newspaper pressman. She's spent years rescuing animals and learning from them. They've taught her that life does not have to be so hard, if you go with the flow and not against it. Her life revolves around writing and her family, which includes, of course, her animals. Two car accidents in the mid-nineties changed Ruby's life. She resented it at first, until understanding that she'd simply been put on another path. It was not an easy one, and continues to be a challenge, but she accepted it, and learns with each step she takes. Ruby writes because she's compelled to pass on knowledge. Her first book, "Circles," is more than just a story of family, or of the people who first settled in the Americas. It is a story of spirituality and the simple humor of everyday life, but also of the fear of the unknown. Life presents us a path; how we choose to navigate that "circle" is up to us. Watch for "Spirals," the sequel, Fall 2012. Find out more about Ruby at

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  • File Size: 2441 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1622539516
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TIE72E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Circles June 27, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This novel of historic fiction is a must for any fan of Native American history, or seeker of knowledge, or lover of life. It is expertly crafted with vivid imagery and characters that will become beloved. If you don't know what it means to sing someone home, prepare to swallow hard. It is heart warming and moving. Truly a thing of beauty.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of what should have been. January 12, 2012
By Jaydax
Format:Kindle Edition
Circles is the story of a young Indian boy who lives his life at the time of the first appearance of Europeans in North America. His tribe are known as the Fish People and live their lives peacefully in a canyon hunting, fishing and gathering without metals and where the horse is unknown.

The boy has been given the name 'Feather Floating on Water'. When we first meet him he is eight years old and lives with his grandparents, Hawk Soaring and Bright Sun Flower, and mother, Makes Baskets. They have a beautifully touching relationship and live in harmony with the world around them, giving as much as they take.

Feather is bothered by dreams however. His dreams warn of impending disaster as bearded men make their appearance in their world killing, enslaving and disturbing the harmony of the world as they go in search of gold. His grandmother, a wise woman of the tribe, helps him understand these dreams and guides him through his steps through childhood to an early manhood at age 14. The author takes pains to explain that not all of the bearded men are evil but most do not understand how to live in harmony.

Many in the tribe know Feather is a special boy and this belief is strengthened as Feather makes friends with a wild wolf and becomes a protégée of a holy woman fleeing with her group from the Europeans. Feather takes on a new name 'Shining Light' and leads his people, and other tribes, to a new land where they will be safe.

The story is strongly written and will appeal to those who believe that mankind should live in harmony with nature. If you expect savagery and blood - look elsewhere.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Journey March 15, 2012
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Gorgeous language, an inspiring story, and unforgettable characters--Circles has it all. I fell for this book in the very first chapter when we're introduced to Feather Floating, and I didn't fall out from under its spell even after I had read the final word. I found myself "thumbing" back through the pages to read particular passages just like I return to my favorite poems.

This book was written to be savored. I knew from the first page that this story would require a careful read by me because the story carries a depth that can only be reached by a deliberate read. You don't rush through a poem. Likewise, this book is not to be rushed. It unfolds gently and beautifully as you travel through the pages.

The sheer beauty of the language is as majestic as the images the author paints. Each stroke of her pen is tender and loving. A deep respect and a profound understanding of these characters and their journey is clearly evident from start to finish.

If you are looking for a book with exquisite writing and gentle, yet profound wisdom, then Circles will emanate with you. Read it, savor it, and pass it on to another reader. I passed it on to my 15 year old because it is the special type of book that speaks just as clearly to her youthful imagination as it does to my more weathered one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing the world through different eyes April 21, 2014
By DaveL
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Circles is a beautifully written story depicting the lives of the fish people, a small -American Indian tribe at the time of the Europeans’ arrival to the continent. The characters are richly drawn and endearing, especially the young boy, Feather Floating in Water, whose powerful dreams foreshadow the impending threat to his people. As he grows, these dreams force him at too tender an age into leading his people through a time of crisis .

I’m not qualified to say how accurately the culture or history is portrayed. Since it’s a work of fiction, it doesn’t matter. Suffice it to say that the culture is spiritual but in a way that differs from our own, with deep ties to nature. Animals have names and serve as spirit guides, elders are honored, and dreams are visions that guide the tribe through difficult times.

If you’re looking for a western action-adventure, Circles will not be your cup of tea. The author takes you inside the hearts and minds of an almost mystical people, who live their lives in innocence, at peace with everyone and everything around them, lives filled with humor, mystery and wonder.

Some reviewers have worried about the long (and sometimes changing) names. These require a bit of work on the part of the reader but this so-called problem puts Circles in the same realm as books by Murikami, with unfamiliar Japanese names, or Garcia Marquez, whose Hundred Years of Solitude has many characters with identical names across generations. The brief introduction at the beginning of the book is worthwhile and can facilitate the understanding of the characters and culture.

Circles possesses a lyrical style, reminiscent of a book like The Little Prince, but with a unique view of American Indian culture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good story line, but got boring after a while.
Published 6 days ago by John C. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Very enjoyable read... It follows the life of a young indian boy as he learns of his future and the future of his people
Published 7 days ago by akareload
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Way too long winded on prep for vision quest.
Published 17 days ago by Mike Hunstad
5.0 out of 5 stars So true
The story evolves to a lesson we should all learn and remember. That we are all part of the circle, all of mother nature, human , animal, and plants. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much more of the same as Stones
Pretty much more of the same as Stones. Boring and silly. Depicts all Native Americans as wise and having "special abilities". Hogwash.
Published 1 month ago by Betty Monheit-Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening & entertaining.
I’ve always been fascinated by native peoples and how attuned to nature they are. This well-crafted tale of a tribe of American Indians facing the upheaval caused by the expansion... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barry W Metcalf
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully crafted story about a young boy's transformation into...
A beautifully crafted story about a young boy's transformation into the great man he is meant to be and the journey along the way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. altabef
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
If you've read the "Lies My Teacher Told Me" series by James W Loewen, you may enjoy this book!
Published 4 months ago by Empathuse
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Truth Of All That Exists "
I think this is a beautifully told story of the Native American way and the true way of all Life as it should be. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teresa
4.0 out of 5 stars It was heart warming and had a good moral which I like
This was an unusual story put together. It was heart warming and had a good moral which I like. The language was simple although the Indian names were confusing when one is not... Read more
Published 5 months ago by June Maserang
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More About the Author

Author of Circles and Courage Through Fear, a short story in a book called Evolution Book 1 Put out by my publishing Company, Evolved Publishing.

Life is a wondrous mystery that I still explore. I spent my youth "feeling" my way thought it. I traveled throughout the seventies, standing on one highway ramp or another, exploring the many corridors of our country, learning about life and what it had to offer.

In 1979, deep in winter, I settled down. I was lucky enough to become the first woman journeyman pressman of a major newspaper in Colorado. After ten years of working on printing presses, an injury forced me down another path.

I made and sold jewelry, cared (still do) for abandoned animals, volunteered for a horse rescue as well as a no kill shelter. I went to school for so many different careers that ended up combining my credits to get a degree in horticulture. Unfortunately, or so I thought back then, two car accidents during my last semester, my last class, prevented my pursuing it as a living.

I had no idea what my future held, but I was fortunate; my caring and understanding husband allowed me to explore other paths and I found one I knew I belong on--writing.

Back then, I had no idea "someone" was pushing me to become a writer.

I had taken creative writing classes off and on throughout my college years, because I always felt the need to write. Nothing came of it, except satisfying my own desires, until that special dream guided me to write My novel,Circles.

I joined a couple writing groups to improve my skills. I met David Lane (aka Lane Diamond), my editor, in a group. He taught me to keep going, not to get discouraged, to write and never give up. He stuck with me and gave me the confidence I needed in myself, to let go of doubt, to move forward.

My animals taught me about myself through their own lives. They showed me that I had the patience to push ever onward toward my destiny, that to give up meant the end. They helped me learn that if I willed myself to wade through all the murky waters, eventuality, I would see clearly enough to move forward.

I am currently working on Circles Two and a book of short stories of the paranormal that will have something for everyone even if you are not sure you believe. I might just change you mind!

My mixed blood lines have show me many things in life that I am truly grateful for. Thank you, Great Mystery, for the dreams, for the guidance, for the whispers in my mind.

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