December, 2017

5star-shiny-web1Reviewed By Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite

Once in a great while, a book of profound insight comes along disguised as a collection of stories about magic. Joseph Campbell penetrated the familiar great world myths to reveal an incredibly rich and complex psychological reality in the lives we live, and thus made magic itself live again with both urgency and relevance. In her beautifully written and illustrated book, Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses, Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D. brings similar urgency and relevance to the psychological reality behind the Goddess within each human psyche. Her book, however, is not simply an academic rendering of a living spiritual principle. Dr. Sullivan offers something much more subtle, rich, and ultimately satisfying. She offers her audience a viable passage into their own personal mythic journey, with the healing consequences thus implied.

Legends of the Grail does indeed tell stories of Celtic goddesses, but Ayn Cates Sullivan also layers and enriches these stories of ancient Irish myths with vital background information robed with historical importance, with first-person stories told by each chosen Goddess to establish accessible resonance, with symbolic revelations for present-day applications, meditations, and visualizations allowing intimate contact with the Goddess herself. The author includes personal practical suggestions for utilizing the archetypal values embedded symbolically and firmly in the specified Goddess in order to facilitate psychological revival and continued health, and finally a poetic blessing to access the less structured but higher nature of the human mind. Dr. Sullivan accomplishes all this with concise and polished writing that appears deceptively simple, as all captivating stories do, but do not be misled – the Goddess calls.

December, 2017


Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses
By: Ayn Cates Sullivan

Illustrated By: Belle Crow duCray
Publisher: Infinite Light Publishing Publication
Date: October 2017 ISBN: 978-0-9884537-8-4

Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict Review
Date: December 21, 2017

It is always intriguing to discover stories, legends, and myths from long ago that are still remembered today. In her book Legends of the Grail, author Ayn Cates Sullivan takes the reader on a journey of discovery, uncovering the fascinating details of some of Ireland’s most famous Goddesses. Throughout history, some of these legendary figures were seen in a negative light, making them appear cruel and unjust. However, the author has retold their stories in this book and the reader is given a different insight into the misunderstood myths surrounding these famous goddesses.

Each chapter starts with an introduction to a particular goddess and then a story or legend that is associated with her. In an interesting twist, the author has chosen to tell each story from the point of view of the goddess, which is rare and allows the reader to really explore these legends in a new way. Many times these stories are told from the point of view of the human who saw a glimpse of light in the distance, or a shift in the shadows at night and claimed it was a goddess approaching. However, in this book the reader is able to open up a whole new world as these stories are told in a way that explains their supernatural occurrences while at the same time being easily relatable. In addition, each chapter contains information about what represents each goddess including colors, plants, and animals. This adds to the idea that each of these goddesses can be seen, felt, or heard anytime we happen to be walking through the woods or strolling by a bubbling stream.

Some of the goddesses that were misunderstood include a solar goddess by the name of Aine, who in myths was shown to be a bad and disrespectful wife of King Ailill. However, when author Ayn Cates Sullivan shines some light on this particular myth she reveals that in fact Aine just held her freedom and independence above all else, which are admirable qualities. She uses this freedom and independence to be available when someone calls her that needs a light in their lives. After all she was a solar goddess and wanted to make sure she was there to help anyone who was in need of her help. Then there was the goddess Cailleach who would many times disguise herself as an old woman, or a terrible giantess who would throw boulders out of her apron pockets. In reality, she was adamant about protecting the land, animals, and plants, for she had a deep love of nature, and would only punish those who disrespected it.

The way this book is written was unique and I actually found it quite wonderful to read. With each goddess having a specific chapter dedicated to her story, I was able to focus on each one individually, allowing me to learn more. I loved the way this author included the colors, plants, and animals that are representative of each goddess, for that brings the myth and the real world together beautifully. It is always amazing for me to read a book that stays with me long after I have finished reading it. That is exactly what happened with Legends of the Grail as I think back to it often while I am simply going about my everyday life.

Quill says: This is a book that stays with the reader, giving positive thoughts long after the last page is read.

December, 2017


Clarion Review

Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses
Ayn Cates Sullivan

Infinite Light Publishing (Sep 1, 2017)
Hardcover $19.99 (298pp) 978-0-9884537-9-1

A unique, colorful take on Celtic myths, Legends of the Grail is a work of both self-exploration and religious discovery.

Ayn Cates Sullivan’s Legends of the Grail is an in-depth, spiritual exploration of Celtic folklore and the impact that age- old stories have on modern women. Sullivan delves into the history of goddesses, what they stand for, and the people who worship them.

A combination of short stories, spiritual reflections, and historical insight, the book weaves the world of Celtic mythology into the present day. Divided into seven sections, it is a powerhouse culmination of the stories of Danu, Ceasair, Áine, Scáthach, Emer, Caer Ibormeith, and Cailleach, Celtic goddesses with varying understandings of, and who give various advice related to, power and womanhood.

Each section includes a journey through a goddess’s history, an intimate short story told through the eyes of the goddess, and a final reflection on how to travel with the goddess to discover her meaning and place within the real world.

Sullivan, whose foreword reveals her desire to connect with her ancestral roots, delves deep into each of the goddesses’ stories and contexts. Details speak to careful research, and passages are laden with sympathetic emotion. Goddesses are humanized and come alive on the page.

Writing is colorful and evocative, breathing life into the stories and their histories. Scenes are immersive, painting an exciting, spiritual world rife with insight and self-reflection.

The book weaves historical beliefs and fantastical elements together, bringing forth questions of what constitutes truth and what constitutes fiction. It proposes journeys of healing and paints goddesses in terms of colors and blessings. These elements make space for spiritual epiphanies.
A unique, colorful take on Celtic myths, Legends of the Grail is a work of both self-exploration and religious discovery. It can be read for the inspiration of its strong feminist message or simply enjoyed for the thrills of its fantastical tales.

TIA SMITH (December 29, 2017)

October 15, 2015

Literary Classics

AwardSealsMetallicGold-2Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Award Recipients

SOUTH DAKOTA – Literary Classics announced its 2015 selection of top books for children and young adults today. Award recipients were selected from entries received from around the globe. The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.


Inspirational / Visionary – Picture Book – Gold, “A Story of Becoming”, Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D., illustrated by Belle Crow DuCray – Infinite Light Publishing

The 2015 Literary Classics book award recipients will be recognized during an awards presentation to be held on April 2, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A complete list, including links to Literary Classics’ reviews of all award winning books, may be found at

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee is comprised of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing. To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at


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“A Story of Becoming” can either be a meaningful and transformational tale right in keeping with Harry Potter and such, or it may just be a beautiful, enriching story, good to read for adults and children. Either way, it leaves you wondering whether some of those aboriginal voices who claim that plants such as trees are not only sentient, they say they are even MORE conscious than animals. While that is something hard to believe, even though one of our own famous poets wrote “I wonder about the trees” and whether or not they would have as much to say if they could pull up roots and walk away from their self-imposed lack of forward movement.

Be that as it may, and whether apple trees can cause transforming fruit to grow or not (some people of shamanic wisdom say so indeed and point to peculiar practices to do so), any kind treatment of any plant is to be commended. I myself, via watching my mother minister to the smallest blossoms with utter care and always preserving them as best she could, have inherited the peculiar gratefulness of plants. I once had a cabbage tree from a dead-seeming stump of cabbage I found in the fridge drawer with little roots that had sprouted and so, in the tradition of my mother, I planted it outdoors, only to inherit several “heads of cabbage” on its multiple branches. And I have an apple tree I rescued from a nursery with all its “arms” broken off. “She” (her name is Anna, which was the grandmother of Jesus) gives us fruits twice a year, is so full of blossoms that I worry about her, and sends out more love vibrations than the pope on Sunday, as they say.

Do apple trees do what the author says they do? Go read and decide for yourself.

– Regina Jensen, “Space of Love” Magazine


Sparkle And The Gift was given a lovely review in the current issue of Whole Life Magazine!




California-based international, award-winning author, speaker, and seminar leader

Ayn Cates Sullivan is teaching the world how to harness colors for self-empowerment

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – (FEBRUARY 1, 2014) –  In a world where so much is out of our control, award-winning author and speaker Ayn Cates Sullivan Ph.D., is mobilizing others to utilize the colors inside of them, as well as the colors in their surroundings, to improve self-empowerment and enhance their lives.

A practicing color-reader, Sullivan has committed her life to writing stories based on the experiences, transformations and relationships that connect and distinguish us all through colors.  According to Sullivan, everyone has colors inside of them that are a reflection of each individual’s personality, mood and disposition, while the colors of one’s surroundings – even their clothing – can also send messages that can make-or-break how one relates to themselves and the world.

Colors, Sullivan has found, also transcend language, background, religion and even age – a fact that changed her and her now adult-daughter’s lives, as colors became the central theme behind the stories, Sullivan wrote and told her young daughter in a time when she was facing childhood bullying and having difficulties in school.   Today those stories make up Sullivan’s vibrant and inspiring children’s books, the “Sparkle Series.”

Colors become an inspiring and guiding force in the “Sparkle Series” stories, which all feature the fairy-heroine Sparkle.  Sparkle’s message in each story is based on Sullivan’s teaching that we are all perfect and complete just as we are.   The “Sparkle Series” speaks to readers young and old, as Sullivan carefully and compassionately addresses adversity at all levels, from bullying and self-esteem, to making difficult choices and righteous decisions, that both children and adults face today.

Through her use and understanding of colors, Sullivan translates the ethereal existence of colors into a practical tool used for enhancing one’s own life everyday.  And, Sullivan’s writing, speaking and teaching helps to provide her readers and listeners with simple, accessible ways of harnessing their best selves from the inside out.

“It’s as simple as knowing what colors to wear for different occasions to bring out your best self and desired results,” says Sullivan.  “A simple pair of pink undies, a yellow scarf or a switching into a blue shirt instead of red, can have a great impact on enhancing your self-esteem, lifestyle, relationships and career, as well as how others perceive you,” Sullivan insists.


Media Contact: Anthony Mora Communications, Inc. (323) 667-3107

More About Ayn Cates Sullivan

With a master’s degree in spiritual psychology and a doctorate in literature earned between Columbia University and King’s College London, Ayn has amassed a wealth of academic knowledge that perfectly complements her life’s passion and pursuit to help heal, strengthen and empower people all over the world.  In addition to the “Sparkle Series,” Sullivan has written several non-fiction books for adults, based on her mission to raise the consciousness of humanity and support a new time of light activation amongst individuals and through the ever-connected world.   Learn more at


New review of Sparkle & The Light in Whole Life Magazine on page 30:



Sparkle and the Light Combats Bullying with Mindful Forgiveness

By Audrey LaBenz16/11/2013

When Ayn Cates Sullivan, who has a doctorate in literature, was told that her daughter Katherine couldn’t read, she was astonished. Katherine was already in fifth grade. She was being tormented by her fellow students and was deemed a remedial learner by the school system. How had this gone on for so long?

I pulled her out of school to try to find out what was going on. It turns out she had college-level I.Q. and college-level vocabulary. She was on the autism spectrum,” said Sullivan.

Inspired by 10 years of studying with a woman who was blind but could sense energy radiating from people’s bodies in the form of colored auras, Sullivan wrote stories that used colors to help her daughter understand herself and the world. In Sparkle and the Gift, a young girl’s mother tells her a fairytale about being one with the beauty of nature and the value of staying true to oneself.

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Great Review by Emilee Summers on

Sparkle & The Gift” by Ayn Cates Sullivan is a story about a girl named Sarah who pretends she is a HUE-man named Sparkle and that she is made of light. Her mother Alice asked Sarah to come outside and show her what she means by this.

As they are walking, Sarah explains that we are all made up of light and that the light is everyone’s friend but that people sometimes forget that. So she tells her mother she has an idea to help people remember to keep light close to them and include it in their lives. The mother and daughter continue walking as the mother asked the little girl if she would like to hear a story. The book then leads to the second story “The Gift.”

Alice, the mother, tells Sarah about a fairy named Kachina who lives with a tribe of nature fairies that tend to the forest. Kachina enjoyed flying with the hummingbirds and watching the older fairies work their magic but something was troubling her. The next day on one of her trips into the forest she meets up with her bird friend called Scrub. Scrub then follows Kachina as she discovers a manmade garden where she decides to help grow a beautiful flower only to be picked by Joseph, the owner of the garden. Kachina then discovers the true meaning of beauty as she understands why Joseph picked the flower and the reason for sharing it with a special person.

I loved the beautiful illustrations and the two stories lead into each other well. I would recommend “Sparkle & The Gift” by Ayn Cates Sullivan to kids who like art and magical stories about people caring about nature.


Wonderful Review for “Sparkle & The Gift”

Awareness Magazine - September/October 2013

“One day Sarah announces that her true name is Sparkle, and that she is a being of light and color. When she is said because people have forgotten their true natures, her mother tells her the story of a fairy named Kachina. Kachina loved to help the leaves unfurl and the flowers blossom. She heads out of the forest on an adventure, and encounters Joseph, a sad man who has lost touch with the spirits of nature. Kachina helps a beautiful rose blossom into a gift that helps Joseph and his wife remember their connection to the earth and all living things. The story is unusual and joyful, and the illustrations charming and unique. This enchanting book will be a treasured favorite for children and adults.”

This book is available on Amazon and signed copies can be purchased on


For Immediate Release:

Award-Winning Inspirational Author Tackles Bullying in New Children’s Book

“Stand up for yourself” or “Just tell an adult!” are the all too common responses given to children who suffer from bullying. Considering that 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, the rowdy and defensive antidote is doing little to curb the growing social epidemic. Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D, the award-winning author behind the inspirational Sparkle series, offers a more compassionate response in her latest book in the series, Sparkle and the Light.

Sparkle and the Light is a spellbinding story-within-a-story which invites us to treat negative problems such as bullying with a conscious approach, lending compassion to both the victim and the bully, and reinforcing positive thinking, self-acceptance and living from a place of authenticity.

Ayn’s Sparkle series has won numerous awards including medals from the Los Angeles Book Festival, London Book Festival and Mom’s Choice Award, making her writing a favorite amongst moms and “children of all ages” alike. Ayn holds a master’s degrees in psychology and a master’s and doctorate in literature from Columbia University and King’s College London. She has has been featured in LA Splash, In Hollywood Magazine, Late Night Health, Sedona Talk Radio, The Maria Sanchez Show, and Ojai Valley News.

For More Information Contact:
Christopher Caplan
Anthony Mora Communications


March 2013
The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named Sparkle & The Gift among the best in family-friendly literature, winning the gold award for both the myth, fantasy & legend, and New Age Children’s books.
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March 20, 2013
Sparkle and the Gift is given the GOLD award of Excellence by the Mom’s Choice Awards!
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March 18, 2013
Sparkle & The Gift in the Ojai Valley News, see B2 for full article:
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