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I was born in Norwalk, California in 1960, and grew up in Santa Cruz, California. At the age of ten, our family moved to Oregon.
I married my husband Darrel in June of 1984. We are still together and very much in love. Still happy and wanting more.
My husband and I created our own publishing company, Fayne Artists. In June of 2008, we published my first novel, Christmas in the House of O'Byrne. I was so taken with the storyline and characters of the book that I created a series for it called, Druantia's Children. In these books, the ancestry of their magical family is described. I was inspired to go back in time, and create stories for the original seven sisters who migrated to America. This series is called, The O'Byrne Daughters.
I create all my own covers and artwork. It would be nice if someone else could put on the publishing hat, but for now, I'm satisfied to be so involved. I always have several books in the writing stage. It keeps my ideas fresh and alive to be able to switch around.
At book signings, I'm always asked about my religion, or specifically, if I am a witch. Although that is a rather personal question, I like to answer, "I believe in a little bit of everything, and nothing of everything."
I do fight with Fibromyalgia. It was suggested that I write about it. It took me a while, but it's out there. It's hard to write about something so personal. I wanted it to be as blunt and forthcoming as I could make it. For those fighting with Fibromyalgia, I stress for them to pursue something they are passionate about! Something that will help them get up every morning! I have my husband, a big extended family, writing, and cats. I am passionate about all of them.
We have a Kympco 250. I love riding with my husband. I love the wind in my face, and the smell of blackberries on a hot summer day. I love pointing out the hawks on the power poles as we move along. We do live in a blessed time.
Hock G. Tjoa
on Aug. 06, 2012 :
In this second part of the magical O'Byrne family, the author continues to demonstrate an incredibly inventive, fertile imagination. Each sister has a different strength (it would probably help for the reader to have been born into a large family), and then there are so many kinds of magic. In this volume, we are introduced to Angels and Demons and passionate relationships or encounters. The plot is somewhat weak and the editing careless, alas, taking away from a fascinating read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Sadie S. Forsythe
on July 09, 2012 :
It's Just Magic is part two of the O'Bryne Daughters series. I enjoyed it, but to a lesser degree than it's prequel Budding Magic. I say to a lesser degree because there is so much recap in this book. I don't mind a dozen or so pages at the beginning of a sequel to bring the reader back up to speed, but in It's Just Magic theses reviews run the course of the whole book. Even in the last chapter one finds, "Calley-Cat had...." and a quick rundown of what good old magical Cally-Cat did in book one. Don't get me wrong, I still liked the book. The O'Bryne sisters have a certain vivacious innocence that charms the reader. But there are a lot of characters and goings on in Budding Magic that It's Just Magic tries to remind the reader of. This tends to eclipse the story being told, which is a shame. It's a good story, full of angels, goddesses, succubi, unicorns and magical calico cats. The children's nascent magic is interesting, and there is even a splash of romance. While I think the story would have been better served in one book than two, it is definitely one worth picking up and reading. Especially if you have teens in the house, say 14 and up. There are a few sexual references, more often than not when a baddie needs to be seen as especially depraved. But there is no explicit sex or violence. It's a pretty clean read.
(reviewed long after purchase)