Born in Moldova in the former Soviet Union, Izolda grew up steeped in the rich heritage of Eastern Europe. After her family immigrated to the USA, they settled in Michigan where Izolda graduated from the University of Michigan. Izolda worked as Director of Writing and Production for the public records research firm, The Information Prospector. Then, she proceeded to the National Geographic Society's Educational Media Division followed by a stint as an environmental educator for NASA. She has co-authored numerous scientific publications as well as written stories for various on-line magazines.
During this time, she pursued her musical interests. Izolda released her solo CD, Sound the Deep Waters in 2003.
She is an avid fantasy and science fiction fan, and she devours movies like they are pieces of dark chocolate.
She released her first book, "Life Elements: Transform Your Life with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water," in July 2008. Her second book was released in March 2011. The first in the Fairy Godmother Diaries series, "the Fiddler's Talisman" follows the adventures of badass fairy godmother, Evie Songbottom in modern-day New York.
Izolda and her husband reside in Greenbelt, MD with their dog and three cats, and a house full of musical instruments and juggling clubs.
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The Fiddler's Talisman
Audacious modern-day Fairy Godmother Evie Songbottom prefers whiskey to glitter being a smartass to being proper and movies to anything else. But, she'll need more than a bottle of Jameson and a bad attitude to handle … Joanna Brennan, a violin prodigy with a magical edge. Joanna caught her boyfriend playing hide-the-salami with her Juilliard roommate. Will her heartbreak end—well—everything?
Nine-year-old Jeremiah grows up quickly when his family loses their barn in a fiery blaze. He and his family have no money to rebuild and they might have to leave the only home they have ever known.
Cover image: CreativeCommons.org
Finding Your Tarot: How to Choose or Create Your First Deck
People have increasingly become curious about tarot cards, their meanings, symbols, and history. Many might wish to learn more or even purchase their own decks, but they need guidance on how to proceed. This article gives a great primer on how to choose your first deck. Read what to look for in a deck, the types of decks in publication, and the easiest ways to learn about the deck you chose.
Table for One
When newly and staunchly single Jamie decides to spend Valentine's Day doing "couples" things solo, she finds her resolve tested by a four-legged "Lothario," named Max.
Life Elements: Transform Your Life with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
What if you could: Actively cultivate self-confidence?
Develop a reasoned, thoughtful state of mind?
Access your emotional and compassionate center?
Find a true sense of peace and belonging?
With Life Elements you can cultivate the solidity of Earth, the passion of Fire, the compassion of Water and the mindfulness of Air and live a well-rounded life.
Beloved to Hamlet: If Ophelia Had Lived
In Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," the Lady Ophelia dies a tragic death. But what if she had survived her fall into the river? How might things have turned out differently? See Hamlet through her eyes. Seamlessly interwoven with the original play, this story traces Ophelia, if she had lived.
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