© 2024 FriesenPress, Inc. All rights reserved.

Discovering The Essence cover

  • eBook Edition
    • 978-1-03-831083-5
    • epub, pdf files
  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-831081-1
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 228 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-831082-8
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 228 pages
  • Keywords
    • books for young adults,
    • portal fantasy,
    • fairy adventure,
    • hot air balloon journey,
    • new realms,
    • Fairyland,
    • magical creatures

Publish with FriesenPress

Learn how you can publish your book with the world’s only 100% employee-owned publishing services provider.

Get our Guide

Discovering The Essence
by Leanna Byrd

Best friends Leah and Angela love exploring the world around them. Their time being out in nature and discovering new trails in the woods or spending hours by a lake differ from their teenage peers, who seem to be on a more traditional path in their lives. Leah feels the need to break free from the boundaries of her small community and longs to have an adventure that will take her to places she’s only dreamed of or read about in magazines. She knows that Angela will be right by her side when she does. On one momentous day, a hot air balloon passes overhead and Leah discovers their ticket out of their normal lives. Using all of their resources, and Angela’s amazing sewing skills, the pair build their own hot air balloon that will literally lift them to new heights. After months of planning, building, and packing, the day has arrived when they will set off for unknown destinations, purely at the whim of the wind and natural elements. After battling through storms and an attack by an aggressive group of albatross, Leah and Angela find themselves on an isolated island that they can’t wait to explore. But when a strange man offers them the ultimate adventure to an alternate realm, they are torn on whether they should play it safe or take a chance. Are they brave enough to enter a new world, and if they do, will they ever return?

In search of adventure in a hot air balloon and freedom from societies expectations. Two friends embarked on a journey that would unexpectedly take them into situations, places and realms they couldn't have ever imagined. As a result of serendipitous events playing out, they uncovered something much more profound than they had been seeking. It lead them to discover the power of the essence within.

Leanna Byrd photo

Debut author Leanna Byrd enjoys travelling to experience other cultures and meditating in nature. She lives in Grand Forks, British Columbia, with her dog Jack. She has three children and two beautiful grandchildren.


Leanna Byrd
JE. Corbett

What People are Saying

Other eBook Editions

This book is also available in eBook format from these sites.