L. Darby Gibbs
L. Darby Gibbs, aka Elldee: Writing about me has always been a struggle. What is there to say? I know all of it, so nothing sounds all that interesting. I love science fiction. I write science fiction. Writing intrigues, charges and drains me. It makes me think, convinces me I have some depth to my character and challenges me to prove it. I write. I write every chance I get, and sometimes, when there isn't really a chance, I have to anyway.
I love to read and read when I am not writing and not doing all the myriad things required by life and bills. I like time travel books and books that show the human condition. I like funny romance, adventure and fantasy.
I've been writing for as long as I remember forever and perhaps before that. I'll always write.
I started on the east coast, semi-south, worked my way north on different sides of the country, west, east a couple more times, in no particular order. I've been south, prefer north, live west.
I am married, wonderfully married to a swell guy. If I say there is a problem, he fixes it. I love him for that. He never tells me I have a problem. We have a daughter. I am looking forward to being one of her closest friends when she grows up. For now I settle for guide, mom and only the occasional dirty look when I say, "No." She gives me great feedback and takes it from me like a professional. Love that girl, love her father.
I have dogs, great loyal, silly, serious, worried, attached Labradors that forgive me everything. My mom reminds me dog spelled backwards is God: they forgive always, everything, any time, any place, like God. I try not to test that theory. Forgiveness is painful, wrenching when you recognize and appreciate it. I avoid doing things I have to be forgiven for, so I have happy dogs that bring happiness into my life.
Basic bio: born, traveled, graduated, married, gave birth, live life – all while writing.
Where to find L. Darby Gibbs online
Next Time We Meet
Mick and Emily Jenkins search for a missing family friend they've never met and his kidnapper. Using a jump unit to trail Renwick Cray through time, the husband and wife team find they need each other's support more than ever, and maybe a time machine, a new heart, and immunities against disease are not enough armor to protect them from flying bullets, interference and the secrets they must keep.
No-Time like the Present
Misty waited thirteen years for her time-hopping father to return. She went another seven years forgetting he ever existed. Misty's aunt and uncle raised her, and Uncle Mick, who believed even harder than she did that Brent Meredith would return, is dead. Then Quixote Cervantes knocks at her door announcing he was sent by her father, and Misty is determined to face the man who abandoned her.
The Little Handbook of Narrative Frameworks
The Little Handbook of Narrative Frameworks is what I intended it to be: inspiration and framing for writing popular fiction based on proven plots and devices that create steps that are not just well formed but easily altered with new twists and turns. I have included worksheets following each framework to aid in plotting or examining.
Gardens in the Cracks & Other Stories
Anthology of science fiction: 5 short stories and a novella. "Gardens in the Cracks" - Marga must come to terms with getting what she wishes. SCRAPPER - If you look deep enough, you can find a garden. "Riashu" - What is worth fighting for? "A Good Argument" - Man vs flying car. "Son Inspired" - A family business, a difference of opinion and plenty of time for things to fester.
In Times Passed
Brent Garrett has felt manipulated by his mother since before he can remember. When he unexpectedly turns a prototype Nerg box into a time machine, stepping out of her reach and into a time without expectations is his brand of change. Meeting Miranda Jenkins, a painter who gives him temporary sleeping rights to her couch, is just the beginning. Unfortunately, even a time jumper runs out of time.
Smashwords book reviews by L. Darby Gibbs
- The Spirit Child
on Jan. 22, 2013
Holt's The Spirit Child is the first installment of a series of books that twist Native American spirit guides with feudal manors, strong female characters and realms in degrees of spiritual growth and power. The storyline includes the involvement of actual walking, talking, and occasionally sarcastic guides in the form of owls, wolves, panthers, badgers, etc., working to maneuver the few spiritually awake humans to safety and teach them to negotiate an increasingly dangerous world due to a darker group of powerful animal spirits.
That sounds a bit like a mishmash of ideas, but it's a mix that had it an aroma would be described as delicious. Bree Makena, Duchess of Danforth, is the main character, and she is ripe for change. Heartbroken and determined to be alone and disconnected from society, she is ready to do battle with the first annoying individual she meets, but she is unwilling to watch a girl child be sold into slavery and certainly raped if no one steps in. Makena steps in, and life changes from that moment on. The child turns out to be capable of seeing any spirit guide, not just her own, but she is as flawed and broken as Makena. The two travel more than just the rough territory of the lands they call home (or want to call home) as they deal with the fear and denial which keeps them from recognizing their guides and learning how to become part of society in ways they have yet to find appealing or even safe.
Makena and the child Kaiti have to not only figure out how to belong to each other but also how to belong to their spirit guides who are not in the least bit uncertain about how things should be going if only those stubborn humans would stop fighting their destinies. Other characters also carry the story well, from long time friends, healer Becca and bathhouse owner Maura, to tribal leaders and royal families. There are strong male characters as well and tribal elders who bring depth and meaning to much of the difficulties Makena and Kaiti face. Timur, Makena's dead husband, as the story progresses, is easy to accept as a person Makena might find impossible to face life without. It is inevitable that one will get attached to several of the individuals Holt breathes into life in her writing as the reader steps smoothly in and out of the thoughts and concerns of a variety of supporting characters as well as the two main characters.
Arriving at the end of this book is a lot like it is in real life: few things are wrapped up in tidy bunches; much is left that needs to play out, and the trouble that was on the horizon is still lurking out there. The difference is Makena has grown out of some of her troubles which is good because there are several more difficulties building up she is going to have to face if she wants to maintain life's new vision and new hope.
I enjoyed this book and view it as one I will probably reread, especially while I wait for the next book in the series to come out. My main rule is if I anticipate reading a book again, its worth five stars.