Julia (left); Dayna (right).

Meet the Authors

Dayna Dunbar

DAYNA DUNBAR is an award-winning novelist published by Ballantine Books. Both her novels—The Saints and Sinners of Okay County and The Wings that Fly Us Home—were selected for the exclusive Ballantine Reader’s Circle. Fannie Flagg, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, described her first book as: “Beautifully written .… A funny and poignant story.”

Julia Nadine Padawer

JULIA NADINE PADAWER is a former award-winning Madison Avenue advertising executive. She is currently a spiritual and life purpose coach as well as a writer. Both women hold master’s degrees in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica, where they met and began their creative collaboration.

Few stories have the power to permeate the collective unconscious with a truly new paradigm, and to set the imagination free from the consensus reality we have become habituated to. This is one such story. Awake: The Legacy of Akara is a full-on heart-pounding sci-fi thriller with a profound spiritual message for humanity. In order to save the world, the characters learn to trust and connect to something beyond themselves, “the Wisdom” that pervades the universe. Many crises on Earth today stem from our own inability to connect to this wisdom, and it has resulted in apocalyptic suffering; the inevitable result of the egoic mind running amok. Akara, an alien world that has gone through the same historical trials as Earth, offers both a mirror for humanity in this moment of history and a possible path of redemption and evolution of human consciousness.

— DANIEL SCHMIDT

Spiritual Teacher and Creator of the films Samadhi and Inner Worlds Outer Worlds, viewed more than 30 million times worldwide

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Design Credits

Cover design by Ruslan Us
Torus art by Anamaria Stefan
Map art by Carlos G. Rios

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