Rainbows from the Heart

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Across Centuries,2000s

Barbara Bibas Montero

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The story tells of two young girls, very different, yet connected. Maya, white and relatively affluent, meets Luna, the daughter of Mexican migrant farm workers in rural Southwest Florida. Luna imparts a lifelong gift of a simple ritual passed down from ancient Mayan times.



Short Summary

The exchange opens the eyes and heart of Maya, who realizes how spreading love and forgiveness enriches the giver. Interwoven into the story are elements of Mayan mysticism, which focuses on moving the struggle for justice beyond blame and anger to new possibilities in a non-violent way.

Rainbows from the Heart transcends the material world and takes us beyond the human condition into a world of spirit and of ancient Mayan times. The story brings this gift back into the everyday lives of two young girls; using the power of ancient tradition to further the journey of life.


Southwest Florida, Yucatan Peninsula

Based on a True Story


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Internal Journey/Rebirth,Other

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Main Character Details

Name: Maya Mason

Age: 11 - 12 years

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog,Aspiring,Complex,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Luna Ixchel

Age: 11 -12 years

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Heroic,Strong Moral Code,Honorable,Leader,Confident,Adventurous,Empathetic

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Development Pitch

"Rainbows from the Heart" could be made into an inspirational animated or live action story targeted to a family audience, especially young children, early teenagers and their parents. It holds the potential of further development into a series in both English and Spanish. The book is based on some real-life experiences that happened in the 1990's in Florida, with mystical, fantasy overtones interwoven into the story. It explores the social interactions and cultural exchanges of two young girls – one modern and American, the other ancient and of Mayan descent. It also offers a Latino character depicted as the heroine and a catalyst for healing. Instead of dwelling on deprivation and economic adversity, the story focuses on transcendence and empowerment. It shows how different cultures can come together to create peace. Not only does the story serve to celebrate ancient Mayan culture and its enduring influence, it also empowers female energy. In summary, the mission of the story is to: 1) Promote understanding and compassion. Teach how to find peace within and share it with others (an exercise proven to be true and that can be used in everyday life) - a good anti-bullying technique. 2) Promote strong and interesting leading female characters 3) Appeal to a Latino audience 4) Celebrate and explore ancient Mayan wisdom and culture 5) Provide insight into the life of a migrant worker during the 1990's in the US. 6) Empower marginalized communities

About The Author

Barbara Bibas Montero is a writer, a business entrepreneur and a proud mother of two beautiful daughters. She has authored a number of books, short stories and magazine articles. On her business side, she co-founded a global financial technology company and has held management positions with several large multinational corporations. Even though she has an extensive business background, her journey has led her to pursue writing stories of the incredible and matters of the heart. She recently co-authored a book called The Veil, which is about true stories of the paranormal. Her short stories include Behind the Veil (within the book Transitions of the Soul) and Two Angels from Austria (within the book Bekindr.) Barbara received her undergraduate degree in English from Boston College and her MBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Presently, she is a Wharton School fellow for executives. She currently lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Balboa Press

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available