Medallist winner for older published with NEW APPLE 2018
TOP 10 FINALIST with AUTHORS ACADEMY AWARDS 2018
SILVER MEDAL AWARD with READERS' FAVORITE in Children's' adventure 2018
Finalist with: BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2017
Finalist with: IAN - The Independent Author Network Book of the year award 2017 - (the gold one)
AWARD by LITERARY TITAN 2019
Silver for BOOK COVER competition with Authorsdb 2016
5 star Review by Readers’ Favorite,
4 out of 4 stars review by Online Book Club
Talon, Come Fly with Me is the inspiring story of a girl whose disability is her greatest strength, and brings the important message of never losing hope in hard situations and using misfortune to look for an opportunity to be kind.
The story takes you into the Andean Mountains of Peru to a remote village where you meet Matica, who worries about being shunned by the tribal people because of her growth disability that makes her different from everyone else.
One day she befriends two Condors she names Tamo and Tima. The village natives watch from a distance as her friendship and trust grow with the Condors. It only takes a short time before the entire village accepts the little girl for who she is when they find she can also communicate with them.
And then the adventures begin, changing her life in marvellous way. Matica is delightful, caring, and undaunted by these giant birds and their offspring, she and her father rescue from poachers.
5 star Review by Readers Favorite
This story won a 5 Star review by Reader's Favorite
It's a story different to any other. It's unique. A magical fantasy.
An incredible combination of Matica, with her disability struggles and being in a spectacular place - the Great Andes mountains. The lives of the people in the village, their interaction with one another and the amazing friendship between them, the girl and the mighty Andean condor – Talon. Matica has the most amazing adventures and near misses one after the other her condor.
But will it stop her from having the greatest fun?
Now accepted by the local people, love develops between her and Amos, a local boy, as she overcomes her handicap with bravery and courage.
2020 Top 10 Finalist with Author Elite Awards (Author Academy Awards)
NEW APPLE: was chosen as an "Official Selection" in the 2016 and Older category of our Summer eBook Awards! 2019
5 star review by Readers Favorite
FINALIST for BOOK COVER competition with AUTHORSDB 2017 *
3 out of 4 stars review by Online Book Club
Matica, a handicapped girl, and her father embark on a journey of adventur, to the next bigger town, to buy more supplies and the air tickets for their holiday.
Spider monkeys, pumas, chameleon, critters and even bugs all enrich this lively adventurous story, not least of which is the ultimate test of courage when her father is bitten by a poisonous spider on their way home.
Not knowing what to do, Matica calls to her condors for help. The wait until they arrive is the hardest thing she has ever had to endure.
Journey with Matica through her adventures, laughter and tears. Enjoy the feeling of friendship, love and camaraderie between Matica and her condors, Talon, Tamo and Tima.
5 star review by Readers Favorite
FINALIST in First line competition with AUTHORSDB 2018
FINALIST in cover competition with Authorsdb 2018
A celebration and beauty of life with a life lesson that we are all connected as Elcano, the frail elder of the village, shares with her and because of her, the condors will be protected.
This is a powerful story with an important underlying message that “We are all connected” and that good, in the end, will overcome evil.
In Talon Connected comes forth the beauty of life where animal and human can survive the odds by working together to help each other.
With the death of a village elder, Matica comes to learn how to grieve yet celebrate life. She learns to share a special moment like her brother's birthday party without the need of expensive gifts. She also learns of the threats to humans as well as animals when the poachers come back, with the intention to kill Talon.
FINALIST with Book Excellence Award 2018
FINALIST Talon: Encounter, is a winner in the 2018 IAN Book of the Year Awards! The silver one
was selected as a finalist in one category: “Young Adult.” (The silver one, not gold from last year.)
Nominee by GLOBAL EBOOK AWARDS 2018 *
Sole Medallist Winner with New Apple in the Young Adult General Fiction *
category of our Annual Book Award 2017 Book Awards for Excellence in Independent
4 out of 5 star review by Reader’s Favorite
BRONZE for FIRST LINE COMPETITION with AUTHORSDB 2017
GOLD for BOOK COVER COMPETITION with AUTHORSDB 2016
IT IS WAR – the poachers are back, and they want revenge for losing Talon, as it was described in the first book.
Will they get their revenge? Will they get Talon? Will Matica’s life be in danger too? Or will the villagers help and protect the condors?
Meet Matica in yet a new adventure: WAR! It brings the challenges facing Matica to a new height. As if her predicament – her fate to never grow – were not enough, now she must find the courage, somehow, to resist the attacks of the poaches and protect her beloved Talon.
Between the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors.
Action-packed from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Finalist with: BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2021
The poachers are gone, and the birds are safe. Now Matica is becoming anxious thinking of the upcoming holiday to Australia - she does not want to go or leave her birds. But Talon, understanding her misery, helps to ease her mind.
With distractions all sides, Matica soon finds herself involved in current happenings - the letting go of Elcano’s ashes from the top of the Andes, and near tragedy of Crayn falling while climbing up the mountain. The condors play a vital role in saving the day.
Talon shows Matica the puma and her cubs. But things go wrong when the female puma smells them and attacks. Will they escape the big cat?
As a birthday surprise for Matica, Aikon asked the birds to fly with her for the whole day. The birds agree and the thrilling adventures she has now with near misses, the finding of old bones, snakes and spiders, Talon Windsong adventures will keep you turning the pages and on the edge of your seat.
Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany.
Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil drafts person in various private consultancies in Munich.
May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a speciality, she made colorful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years.
May 1989, they became adoptive parents of twin girls from Fiji.
September 1992, they moved to Australia.
November 1993 Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. By the grace of God, she survived and seeing her husband writing the story about the adoption, she started to write short stories for competition since her English became increasingly better.
She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.