Lionrhod

Biography

A writer of fantasy and non-fiction metaphysics, Lionrhod (pronounced LION-rod as the h is silent) caught the writing bug at age 8. Inspired by her writer mother, she wrote an extremely lousy and highly plagiarized story about a pony. From there, she went on to focus on science fiction and fantasy as well as romance, and when she realized that she was a Witch, articles on Wicca and Magick. As an avid Dungeons and Dragon's player, she has written several articles for that sort of thing and one of her pieces was featured in a TSR module way back before they became Wizards of the Coast. She has also written for Green Egg.

She tends to write slow, though that is changing!

She has been a witch and wysard (yes we spell it funny) for most of her life. She works as a professional psychic and a teacher of metaphysics. When she isn't glued to the keyboard, she enjoys hiking in the woods, gardening, cooking and yak wrangling. She is presently working on creating a rescue for large breed dogs and for retired animals.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
LOL! Having recently (and temporarily) moved back to Florida, I barely own any furniture. My "desk" is a mattress on the floor. My keyboard sits on my lap. I love this setup because it gives my puppies and kitties the ability to come cuddle with me while I'm working.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Staten Island, NY, and spent a good portion of my summers at my aunt's farm in upstate NY. Spending time on my aunt's farm introduced me to the beauty of the Hudson Valley, and it was a no-brainer to set Dark Moon Gates there. My character Willa, shares my love for hiking, nature and the mountains. And critters, of course.

New Paltz is also where I discovered I was a witch, thus giving me the metaphysical background that underlies the magick in my story.

My childhood home was a haunted mansion (I kid you not) and it's likely that the haunting brought out some of my psychic tendencies. We had a huge lot (comparatively) which had been landscaped 200 years before, and my grandmother taught me the names and medicinal & culinary uses of many of the plants there, which is probably the reason that Willa's descriptions are lush with references to the local plantlife.
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Books

Spider's Christmas Gift: A Children's FolkTale and Polish Holiday Traditions
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
It's the night before Christmas. All the woodland animals are making gifts for the newborn King. But poor Spider doesn't have a gift. A traditional Yule tale from Poland. Also included is information on the Yule holiday in Poland as well as recipes for holiday food and ornaments.
Spider's Yule Gift: A Children's FolkTale and Polish Pagan Holiday Traditions
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
It's the night before the Winter Solstice. All the woodland animals are making gifts for the newborn Sun. But poor Spider doesn't have a gift. A traditional Yule tale from Poland returned to its pagan roots. Also included is information on the Yule holiday in Poland and recipes and tips to use them in a pagan context.
Dark Moon Gates: Witches' Gates Saga Book 1
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Series: Witches' Gates Saga, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,150. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Willa, witch and H.S. Junior doesn't yet know that the substitutes infiltrating her school are Faery Sidhe in disguise. Or that they plan to sacrifice her baby brother to seal the Gates between the humans and Faery forever. She has two weeks--until the Dark Moon--to save him. If she fails, the human world will perish from lack of magic. If she succeeds, a prophecy says she will be struck blind.
Nenfari: an Assassin's Flower novella
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Series: Assassin's Flower, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 24,640. Language: American English. Published: May 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
In a city of political intrigue and betrayal, assassin-in-training, D'hara trusts only her beloved born-for slave, Aldrar. A disappointment to her parents and herself, without the mysterious "Change," D'hara can't follow the path of her High Assassin mother. With Aldrar's newborn chosen for sacrifice, D'hara braves the wrath of the Prophet God's priests and the hazards of the city Below. Dark S&S.

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Smashwords book reviews by Lionrhod

  • Dying to Get Published on Feb. 07, 2013

    A truly fun read! Others have said the main character is ditzy. Well, yes, that's true. Ditzy and wacky and an absolute blast to be in her head. This is a comic mystery, not a straight dark mystery. I could totally relate to the writing circle. I think I might have been a member of that one sometime back! The old ladies were hysterical. And as a writer, well...I don't think it's in our best interests to murder an agent or any other member of the publishing industry, but I've got enough rejection slips over the years (and know other writing buddies who do) that I can relate. Dying to know what Jennifer's next hare-brained scheme will be! I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series.
  • Black Woods: Book 1 (Black Woods Series) on Feb. 07, 2013

    Read this several months ago and it's still haunting me. The heroines were intelligent and relate-able. The premise really creepy-especially for someone who loves spending time in the woods-and the writing evocative. The author almost lost me just before the end. For a few minutes I was saying, "Oh, no, she didn't." And then the surprise twist at the very end brought me back and made me a fan.
  • Bewitching Kisses (Bewitching Kisses Series) on Feb. 07, 2013

    Well done. I do agree that the book could have been fleshed out a bit more, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. Unlike the reviewer who said they wanted more romance and less about the witch trials, I was just the opposite. I do agree the ending was a little fast, but still an enjoyable read. Having read a lot of romances published here, it was nice to read a writer who actually has a decent command of the English language. Yes I tend to be picky about that.
  • Green Lake on Feb. 07, 2013

    Really enjoyed this. Excellent storyline and well written romance/mystery. And when you start growling whenever the minor villains come on stage (Eris' mother especially) you know the author's done a good job of rendering them. I didn't think the hero was ugly, just pockmarked. I can think of several people I know or know of who don't have the best skin but are still handsome and even sexy. My only complaint was near the end, that the heroine didn't immediately rush back and get her kitten. Hopefully she did so after the novel was over. LOL but I'm funny that way. The ending was deliciously creepy and made me laugh at the same time.
  • Brother Lowdown on Feb. 07, 2013

    Okay, very weird. This is the book I THOUGHT I'd downloaded, and the cover on the back showed this cover. But the story inside the book I got was Borderlands, another title by the same author. Perhaps that's why there aren't any reviews on this book? I kept wondering why the book was titled Brother Lowdown when there was no such character in the book. I only realized the mistake when I skipped back to the end beginning and re-read the title page. LOL I'm giving 5 stars because now that I've read two books from this author, I'm positive this will be an excellent read, and I'll come back and read it as soon as the book is fixed. Besides I'd hate to see the author suffer on a silly mistake like this. And the book I actually got with this was definitely worth reading till it is fixed. Now I'll go back and review the book I actually got to read.
  • The Coven: Shadow Spell on Feb. 10, 2013

    The typos and grammar issues were rant-inspiring. However I didn't feel that this was a full book, since not much was resolved at the end. That said, I probably would read the second book, since the plot was good and the characters intriguing.
  • Killer Twist (Ghostwriter Mystery 1) on Feb. 10, 2013

    Much fun and well written! I didn't quite get how the title fit the book (although yes there was a twist ending) but that didn't stop my enjoyment of it. Roxy is quirky, snarky, a bit mercenary and a blast to hang out with. Looking forward to the next Ghostwriter mystery.
  • Heller on Feb. 10, 2013

    Great read! Tilly hooked me instantly. Fun premise too. Now where do I get a job like that?
  • Blood Ties on Feb. 10, 2013

    Another fantastic read from this talented author. Awesome writing, memorable characters. The Bycrafts are hysterical. I'm pretty sure that part of their tribe lives near me. I'm sure I've met these folks before! Can't wait to see what happens between Tess and Finn. And I have to say, I had a soft spot for the chicken coop.
  • Color Me Grey: Book One of the Alexis Stanton Chronicles on Feb. 10, 2013

    Fun and fast-paced. Absolutety loved the book. Alex is a kick-butt heroine. Can't wait to read the next!
  • Kate on May 23, 2013
    (no rating)
    Contains Spoilers! Loved the character and the book. Kate is a very unique heroine. Awesomely well done research, especially her hillbilly upbringing. A very modern heroine set in an old time, it makes me question if our stereotypes of the 1800s are just that. After all, she exists in the same timeframe as the early suffragettes, so why not portray her as that? The book was sheer fun all the way through until SPOILER she loses her beloved. After that point, it felt like the heart went out of the MC. And out of me. That's not a bad thing, just a sign of how invested I was in the story and characters. Despite that, excellent read. Much fun and I'll continue on to the next in the series.
  • Night Bells on May 23, 2013

    Wonderful story. Love the characters and the premise. Excellent world-building too. Okay I kind of did guess at the ending of who was who well ahead of time, but that didn't make it less good. Good command of the English language and evocative storytelling as well. I don't want to ruin stuff by giving spoilers because this story is that well written. Just read it and enjoy! I loved almost all the characters to pieces, very well and individually written. Okay the villain was obviously the villain and along w the steward were dicks. Other than that, everyone is well fleshed out and a pleasure to spend time with.
  • Blue Thunder on Oct. 14, 2013

    The typos as well as the tense changes are rant worthy. I understand that the author is dyslexic, however a professional edit would have been well in order. That said, the story and plot itself is well done, and the main characters are believable. Proof that a good story can overpower choppy writing.
  • Road Dance: Poems on Oct. 16, 2013

    The poems in this book are better called "stories." From tales of growing up as the child of Communists to the terror of being the mother of a battered woman, the stories here are soulful, evocative and enmeshed with the timeless imagery of Earth and Mountain and the tears of the watershed swamps that encompass the ebb and flow of life, love and sacrifice.
  • Diary of a Size 12 on Oct. 16, 2013

    Okay, the grammar sucked. That said, Georgia was a fun character to spend a couple hundred pages with. I loved her wit and her sheer balls. An OCD hero was a bold choice, and I can imagine that many writers couldn't have pulled it off. Well done. I'd read another book by this author in a heartbeat. Though please please get an editor!
  • Lynna's Rogue (Tropical Paradise Series, Book One) on Nov. 04, 2013

    Oh dear. Every cliche possible. I won't bother to list them all. This is part of a series featuring the same characters. I'm not sure what tropes are left for the author to put into further novels. My biggest problems with the book: Several threads that weren't relevant and obviously thrown in to make it look as if the characters were unique. 1) a potential kidnapping used only to set the story up, and never really important to the plot again. 2) A hero who can't keep his parts in his pants and by chapter 2 has had his way with a cloistered virgin who he's sworn to protect - not my idea of an honorable hero. (And which also leads to a supreme lack of romantic tension.) 3) The hero allegedly overeats when nervous (but never gains an ounce) but this is forgotten as soon as he gets laid. 4) A heroine allegedly afraid of thunderstorms, but not one single frightening thunderstorm manifests - just several unimpressive ones, which she waltzes through without a problem. And most annoying trope of all, the heroine who is "the most beautiful woman alive." The only men who don't try to bed (read rape in most cases) her are eunuchs, the elderly and men of different color. (it takes place in pre-Civil war America.). On the good side, the writing itself was competent and the spelling/grammar was mostly good. Sadly, it doesn't make up for the stark flatness of the characters. Take it for what it is - an amusing romp with plenty of torrid love scenes. It's obvious that the author is capable of writing a good book, but she desperately needs to work on plotting and find an editor who will curb her desire to throw too many ingredients into an already overflowing pot. Despite everything, I hope the author will grow and look forward to her next (and hopefully better developed) series.
  • In Search of a Love Story on Nov. 05, 2013

    A fun romp, and decent writing. Worth reading.
  • Seductive Secrets on Nov. 10, 2013
    (no rating)
    I am presently about halfway through the book and growing increasingly frustrated. 1) Only in the last 20 or so pages (again 1/2 way through) have I been given a clue who Sinclair (maybe a judge but had SOMETHING to do with the mystery) or Fennimore (her dad's secretary?) MIGHT be. Yet they've been referenced all through the book without a clue who they were or how they fit in. IF these things were referenced early in the book, it was so vague as to go unnoticed. I spent over a hundred pages asking "who are these people and why do I care and what do they have to do with the plot?" I highly suspect that the author just edited out some primary scenes near the beginning and then didn't even bother to summarize them. IMO a mystery is created by offering clues and then obfuscating them, not by refusing to give ANY clues, including who the major players might be.. 2) Where's the dog? In a far earlier chapter, the protag was gifted with a puppy. He made it into 2 scenes and then disappeared from the face of the planet (at least so far). Did he fall under the wheels of a carriage? If so I'd like to know. But the hero retrieves her clothing for her and not her dog? And more important, she doesn't seem to have noticed yet, several chapters later that her dog is missing. Okay maybe I'm dog crazy, as I'm the mom of 3 of them, but if my puppies were missing, the protag would be screaming for them - who cares about her damn replaceable dresses? 3) While I appreciate the plot that has the protag protecting her gay best friend, WHY did he have to be so CLEARLY freaking gay (I.e. dressed as a peacock) from the very first introduction of his character. I have SEVERAL gay male friends and only one or two of them might come off as flaming from page 1. Make him gay, great. But you had to make him a peacock dandy too? 4) About halfway through the book, the hero gifts the protag with drawing/sketching gifties. Except we've never seen her take up a pen/paper/crayon/brush before in the book. Again, was this editing that stripped out useful scenes or...? So as heartwarming as the gift might be, we can't figure out why he'd know she'd like that, since...well she never was an artist till that page where he made the gift. ARGH. 5) Already mentioned Sinclair and Fennimore (whoever the heck they are) but 90% of the book so far is an alphabet soup of people who we still don't know who they are and who MIGHT be the bad guys. Then there's some apoplectic looking guy. Could be Fennimore. Could be Sinclair, could be someone else. Seems to be important to the plot. No clue. But we get lots of characters that we can't keep apart. I'm not even sure when we are referencing her cousin? friend? Lissie and Lissie's mom in law half the time. .I'll agree that the hero getting the heroine kissed and nipple-abraded and more in the first chapter was WAY soon. Okay he's the hero and he's sexy and all, but a 1780s or so virgin just lets some guy she's never met get away with that on the first meeting? Really? And puts up ZERO resistance? Which brings me to the most confusing part - despite all this I'm still wanting (at least so far) to finish the book. (Yet notice that I'm so frustrated that I have to rant halfway through.) The writing is actually good. As far as literacy goes anyhow. There are a few typos, but I can dismiss most of them as actual typos. Since 90% of romances I've found here are written by people who just don't seem to understand the English language this is refreshing. And despite all above, the story is still intriguing. Won't rate it now as...*sigh* I guess I must finish the book.
  • The Wild One on Nov. 10, 2013

    Well done! Let's start with the fact that unlike many Smashwords authors *sigh* this one actually DOES seem to have a command of English and few typos or giant grammar mistakes. Yeah, that should hardly get first billing, but so many others disappoint. Now onto the romance. Very hot. Very sexy. Some of the most graphic love scenes I've read in a romance and yet done in such a perfectly delicate way that it was clearly romance and not porn. I abase myself at the altar of this writer's brilliance in such matters. Then there's characterization and plot. Fantastic hero. Although it was obvious from page 1 that he was a teddy bear in rake's clothing, his evolution was logical and intelligent. The heroine's evolution was also well done, taking her from grieving almost-widow to confused because she was loyal to her deceased beloved and yet entranced by his brother. And then her most lovely opening as a woman in full understanding of herself. I am eminently jealous of this author, because I'd someday like to write a romance half as good. Cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
  • Death Comes eCalling on Nov. 10, 2013

    While I have little in common with the heroine of this novel (not being a mother and all) this story dances with an Emer Bombeck-ian brilliance that had me chortling even while I was quivering in terror for the heroine's plight. Truly well done and I cannot wait for the next book!
  • Lynna's Rogue (Tropical Paradise Series, Book One) on Nov. 10, 2013
    (no rating)
    Okay I just have to be ticked at the tags too. There's zero Voodoo in this book except for the fact that the word may be mentioned once or twice. Zero occult and/or magick either. Don't try to sell a crappy book based on tags that aren't even appropriate.
  • Cause of Death on Nov. 18, 2013

    Flawed but worth reading. Interesting plot and intriguing characters. Sadly the plot was somewhat occluded by writing that needed an editor's touch. The police procedural was obviously heavily and well researched. The dialogue is clunky and doesn't sound like people talking. Over explanation is another problem, especially when the characters tell us something, and then tell us the same thing all over again in a paragraph of exposition. At the same time sometimes Initials are used (such as SO - whatever that means since it's obviously not Significant Other) which aren't explained well enough. Also challenging why the dialogue of a 16 yr old Hispanic boy from CA sounds exactly the same as the dialogue of a 30 something police detective from Alabama. I agree with the reviewer who said there were too many subplots. Noura's plotline (while quite interesting) didn't make sense as it had no relevance and connection to the main plot, and felt like it was just sort of hanging in extra space. The double romances plots (and wanna connect to our Native roots plots) were also distracting. As I'm part Native, I liked that touch in the backstory, but felt it was too heavy handed. I also didn't get the fact that Annie was supposedly the main character. Tom probably got more time than she did as far as actually closing the case and scenes that featured his viewpoint. Okay now for the good points: Few typos. The author actually seems to have a good command of the English language which I find refreshing thus far on my exploration of Smashwords. The serial killer was unique at least as far as methods. I would have liked to have more insight into his reasons earlier in the book, rather than waiting to read them in the epilogue. Since he kept a diary, it would have been great to intersperse parts of that in the book. I actually DID NOT guess who the baddie was until well into the book, and the red herrings for other characters to be the bad guy were well placed and handled so that I wasn't sure whodunit till right near the end. The story of the murdered women was also sad/thought provoking. and suitably horrifying. One of the good facets of the book was that dating everyone's actions left you counting how many days each victim had to live and agonizing over whether she'd be found or not. And yes, the victims were drawn well enough that I DID agonize over them. They were probably the best drawn characters in the book. Despite flaws, I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book. I hope the author will work on voice and editing. She's already got procedure and the "mystery" part down. She's got a character (or 10) that I actually like and want to follow. This is obviously a first novel which should have been subjected to the demands of an editor, but shows great promise.
  • Two For Justice on Nov. 26, 2013

    Excellent read! Starts off with Leah dressing her hubby in drag to chase down a deadbeat customer and from there it's a roller coaster of humor and scary thrills. Good dialogue and writing and a great plot. Unlike aussiematt I didn't have problems with the eating out and beach-going. After all, the characters need to have some down-time to breathe and think.
  • Scamp's Lady on Nov. 26, 2013

    Great read and well researched. Excellent character development. The romance felt genuine and the plot made sense. Setting it near the end of the Revolutionary War added to the tension. All through it, I wondered how they'd deal once the war ended, or if/when something happened to her family. Being a dog person, I liked that the dog was a part of the story rather than window dressing. I'll agree that the brief scene in the dog's VP didn't work (mostly because it was the only scene from his VP and hadn't been set up) but that didn't stop me from enjoying the book. Would have liked to see a little more depth from Lady Claudia, but still loved the book and am interested in reading more from Walton.
  • The Backward Approach to Ebook Success on Dec. 09, 2013

    Short, sweet and to the point. And well worth your time to read. I learned several things about marketing! Now to get off my butt and start doing them!
  • Blogging to the Dead on Dec. 20, 2013

    Great concept, excellent story. An emotional roller coaster for the reader who is rooting for Seth and terrified of what he might do. And loved the MC's metaphysical theories - which are in many ways on point.
  • Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance on Dec. 20, 2013

    One of the better romances I've read in a long time. Intriguing and original setup and believable characters. Well done.
  • True Survivor - The Seth Winston Story on Jan. 28, 2014

    Truly fun read. Seth is self abdorbed to the point you almost want to smack him, except that you can't help loving his dry wit and wanting to read more. And having read Fatal Decision, one of the authors' talents is that each protagonist is refreshingly unique. So glad to see there's a 2nd book.
  • Ravenstone (Book 1, The Ravenstone Chronicles) on March 01, 2014

    This book would have received five stars if it was a full book, but it's not. Sadly, it's just half a book. or maybe only 1/3 or less for all I know. Of all the subplots in this book -- and there are many! -- only ONE of them gets resolved. And the main plot doesn't get resolved at all. Forget a HEA or even HFN ending. There's no ending, period. The book is chopped off with the heroine's life in peril, having only FINALLY gotten to the beginning of the romance. About 50 pages from the "end" I started wondering how the author was going to tie all the subplots together in only 50 pages. 3 pages from the end she introduced 6 new characters and I got an awful suspicion that turned out to be correct. No ending. Now I'm an author too, and I understand that writer's need to make money. That's fine. Tell me you're giving me a 50% preview and I'll understand and make a decision whether or not to buy when I get to the end of the sample. But cutting a book off like this is NOT the way to go. At $5.99, the other half of the book is a pricey "sequel." I'm a bit leery of buying the 2nd half of the book because I don't know that she'll finish the book in the 2nd half, after my experience with this one. Despite that, I'll tell you what IS good about the book because I really did like it A LOT. The heroine has a dark secret and I DO mean DARK. Pretty much as dark as they come, and a subject that's usually a no-go in romance. She's also feisty and intelligent and darn interesting, yet sympathetic. The romance in the book doesn't really exist. I'm assuming it's in book 2. Other than at the very end just before it gets cut off, she sees the love interest as no more than just a friend. He of course, is madly in love with her. The subplots are fascinating as well with Georgiana trying to care for the poor, in particular a young pickpocket, heal her relationship with her brother, deal with her mom (a character whom the reader will despise - and a character does have to be pretty well drawn to be this despicable!), deal with with the vagaries of her wastrel husband (his secret was pretty easy to guess at - I had him pinned from the first scene we meet him in - but I'm still wondering how she's going to get rid of him to reach a HEA, because he doesn't seem like a bad guy.), she takes over the running of the estate and then becomes part of a smuggling ring, and she's got the law trying to get her to find a spy. Whew! Busy lady! All of the major characters are well drawn and believable. Okay, at first I felt Georgiana's perspective was a bit too anachronistically modern for a regency era heroine, but her reasons for feeling that way make sense, so it works. The deep dark secret is treated with care. Horrific enough to make the reader sympathize with her choices, but written not so graphically that the reader runs screaming away. I did feel that the last few scenes got rushed a bit, jumping around to put Georgiana in peril in every single one of the subplots. (I think hubby's at least could have waited, since it was already blatantly obvious what it was.)