I live on a small island just off a larger island off the coast of North America where I write romance, sci-fi, and fantasy/adventure for a wider audience.
What's my super power? I'm a storyteller, an entertainer. As you begin to read my words the stress of the day, nay, the stress of everyday, begins to magically fade away. Transported into another world, your worries and troubles are forgotten for a time as you share adventures with me and my friends. My art, my power is as old as humankind, for the magic of the storyteller has ever been with us and it will always be.
Okay, I'll confess, I've been busted. I was accused of once being a life coach and hiding some of those techniques in my books, disguised as adventure.
Guilty as charged. sigh.
I was also accused of lightly touching on a number of taboo subjects in my books, trying to shine a different light on things.
Guilty as charged again.
As a result of these transgressions, I have been labeled an underground writer.
Oh the shame of it all. (Hangs head and moves slowly towards penalty box.)
I am a spiritual seeker, dog trainer, official Reiki Master and Interior designer, who has turned her hand to writing. I am also an avid chess player, not a great one, but an avid one. I bake, I build, I knit, and I tell great stories.
I have roamed far and wide for over sixty years in this realm, and I have seen much; some I wish I had not, and a great deal that I would love to see again. Some days I feel like Bilbo Baggins, for I have been there and come back again.
No, I haven't written a book about my wanderings, at least not yet, but much I have experienced, observed, learned, surmised, or imagined, is woven into the tales I have written.
Folks, if you take the time to write a review for me, please leave me a way to contact you so I can thank you properly. If you prefer to remain anonymous, then let me thank you right now. Thanks!!
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On a medieval world, Dale, a transgender teenager, is on the run, from the authorities, from him/herself, and something far worse. Sometimes the thing you fear most is exactly what is needed, and Dale's need is desperate. Destiny rarely comes at an opportune moment, and Dale's destiny is nearly upon him...her...both...
Old Family Mansion
A haunted house, a quest with a fortune to be won, and a woman to complicate matters. What more could a man want?
Earth and Eladia are being invaded by a race of destroyers. Only one hope remains, the good will of a mad woman. Can Charles Carter convince her to help or will she even care?
An abused teen is suddenly granted great and terrible gifts by a goddess. Each step towards womanhood is shaped by her new abilities, as is the woman she becomes. Devil or angel, which will she be?
They'd driven the agents of the empire back from Earth. However, when you poke a bear with a stick, there are consequences. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you. The Corelian Guard was about to have a very bad day.
Who knows what delights are waiting n the heart of the city? Constance MacKendrick is about to find out.
The MacKendricks, a fun look at the world of possibilities.
Twenty years after they destroyed the Imperial fleet, Micha and Lessa are faced with the results of that action. They are forced to flee Nova to protect their families from humanity, but can humanity be protected from the grown children of Nova?
All governments keep secrets, dread secrets. Secrets they do not want the general populace to know. Out at the very tip of the galaxy lies a secret, a secret well kept and then abandoned. Out beyond Nova lies Exile; where failures are buried deep.
Is it ever too late to fall in love? Is it ever too late to meet that special someone who completes you? Middle aged workaholic Wesley Higgins thinks so. He believes he will never meet a woman more interesting than a night sky. Poor Wesley, he is about to meet a force of nature, but she is lesbian, or so the story goes.
Assassin of Nova
The most deadly assassin in the galaxy has been cybernetically enhanced, and now he has gone rogue. What could have set him on the path of vengeance, and who will pay the price?
Tracy has spent her life on the run. Hiding, both from the authorities and from something else, something far more sinister. Now she is asked to stand and fight, an unpredictable, interplanetary, hunter/killer as her partner against an invisible enemy. Will she stand against all odds, or will a lifetime of stealth cause her hide once more?
Shelly is a teenage transsexual. Can she escape the family violence and find love, or is her life over when her abusive father decides to work at home?
The First Key
Young Branah is suddenly apprenticed to the most powerful magic user known. All the Mora masters fear her, yet he must learn all she can teach. However, if he discovers her to be a darkwalker, an evil Mora, he must oppose her. If not he must learn what she can teach. Will she teach him or simply abandon him to his fate?
Novan Witch, Revised
Fleeing from the very people she rules, and an arranged marriage she will not submit to, Arlessa seeks the remains of her scattered race. Using the power she discovered as a child she hopes to return them to their homeworld. Will love distract her from her quest? Will she have the power to complete her task or will she be taken and forced to submit to marriage?
A sad and lonely girl, filled with despair stands ready to end her short life by a long plunge from a bridge. Hope and a better life are on the stairs, but will the steely eyed stranger arrive in time, or will her fear of heights force her back down to the street below?
After being stranded in Newfoundland on 9/11, Gudrun Erickson re-evaluates her life. She has returned to that faraway place. “I came here to start a new life, one with more purpose and meaning. I am now ready for that life to begin, or at least I will be after my furniture gets delivered.”
For millions of years a rogue meteor hurtles through space towards Earth, glowing from the vast fields of radiation through which it has passed. A primitive human female gazes in wonder as the burning invader hurtles toward the ground, unaware of the great beast stalking her. All three meet in an instant. Flash forward to the present, yes, she is still here, she has always been here, stalking us,
Was it chance, or destiny? Calan MacLeod would call it destiny. If the gods want to put two people together, they will find each other. There’s no other way to explain what happened to Moira Jones and Brenda Tuttle. It had to be destiny.
This is the third in the St. John's series. Here we learn more about the friends of Calan MacLeod and how they manage to put their shattered lives back together with her help.
This is the second in the St John's series. It is a continuation of the Calan MacLeod story in which Angela, with Calan's help, comes into her own.
Calan MacLeod is a woman who has overcome every challenge she has faced. Now comes the hardest test of all, healing the wounds of her past. Can young Angela help her or is she going to be a further complication?
An abused woman has been freed by fate. Now comes the journey to regain her lost sense of self. Can she ever regain the essence of who she once was?
A Simple Twist of Fate
Jamie Cameron is a hard drinking, stone fisted, homophobic red neck whose world gets turned upside down when his life is saved by a timid transsexual woman. How will they fare when Fate throws them together.
A lucky fire, can there be such a thing? The saying goes, it is an ill wind that blows nobody some good, but can that really be true? It was an ill wind which carried the spark that set the old hall on fire; or was it? Perhaps it was a lucky fire, for the effects of this fire will be far reaching indeed; both through time and space, for this seemingly lucky fire will change the lives of many.
Mildred and Cecile
Two women, from different walks of life and distant lands, connected by a poem on a washroom wall, are slowly drawn together by this tenuous thread. Will it break, or become the tie that binds?
The Ghost Piper
What do a ghost, a divorcee, an elemental spirit, a teenager, and a widowed lesbian have in common? Why, the B&B they run, of course. How could this come to pass, you ask? Turn the page and watch the tale unfold…
The spirit of Laurie Hibbs is cursed, and he has only one chance to save himself from eternal damnation. He must find a lover for Judy Harper.
At Loose Ends
Kassidy Wells was alone on the streets, facing a cold Canadian winter. The failure of an airline put her there, but circumstances kept her there. Teagan Wallace was alone and lonely, and determined to do something about it. Then she found Kassidy, an ambitious street girl. It was time for them both to take a leap of faith.
Melody MacLean has a unique problem, she has multiple personalities. Harmony, perennial starving student, needs to get some first hand experience of an arranged marriage, and soon. A match made in Heaven? Maybe, maybe not, but with first names like these, they are destined to meet.
Ten Day Turnaround
Iris Carlyle knew a perfect love, and she lost it. In spite of her great psychic healing powers, she was unable to save her lover. Iris mourned for seven years. Can she ever love again? If so, will her special talents affect the relationship? What of her young apprentice, the fire starter? It will take a strong woman to enter a relationship with Iris, an even stronger one to survive intact.
What would a second chance at life be like? Let’s take a look. Amanda Jones went to sleep and awakened fifteen years later, in the body of a three year old girl. A few hours later the child’s memories returned as well. She had to blend the two, and create a new and better life for herself, for she was now Tyra Logan.
Return from Exile
Abused, betrayed, and abandoned by the men in her family, Annie Laurie Balfour finds herself in a foreign country with no resources, and her life in jeopardy. Annie’s only hope is a shadowy figure from the world of international espionage, a woman thought long dead. Who is this will-o-the-wisp; is she savior, or is she assassin?
Brianna Duncan has reached a crisis in her life. Just entering her thirties, and facing a long road of mediocrity, Brianna seeks help from an unconventional friend. Shocked to the core, she leaves her friend and heads for home, faced with the ultimate challenge, to deliberately take control of, and rise above, her natural instincts. Can she do it, or will she fade into obscurity.
Rhonda Gale has inherited her great athletic ability from her parents, but where did the psychic ability come from? Who is the woman who haunts her dreams speaking a language unknown to Rhonda. She must get to Europe, for there is where she believes the answers will lie.
Abby went to California with so many dreams, and like so many young girls before her, she got chewed up and discarded. Abby retreated to the far corner of the world to lick her wounds and grow strong once more. Could she ever learn to love again? Could she discover why the dark haired woman intrigued her so?
Like thunder clouds on the horizon, the forces of evil are marshalling. The mists that shroud time are being pulled aside, and the final battle is near. The forces of light are scattered throught the realm, will they be ready in time? Dori holds the key.
Death on the Snow
In book one of the Revival series, we saw that the children of light were re-awakened, returned to the world, even as the life force was returned to her. All seemed well at the end, but, alas it was not so. Even as the children of light were awakened, so was something else. It came about more slowly, but the minions of darkness awakened also….
Their love created the world as it was, but they were severed, burst apart by an evil god, cast into human form without memory of their true nature. Ever they reincarnate again and again, he always seeking, she always waiting to be found, lifetime after lifetime; then they found her, the child whose fierce and loving nature would help them reunite and re-awaken the world.
All she wanted was to be a good person, to use her abilities to help others, but it was not to be. Unable to make herself heard, and tired of the abuse at home, Starla Kirby ran away from home. In her defiant desire to make her family listen, she turned from the Light which would not help her, and called upon the Darkness. Thus was her fate, and nearly our own, sealed.
No one could say why Red Meera had risked her life to save the condemned slave that day, but Meera’s visions were often true, and so the die had been cast. In truth, she had saved two people that day, one a sweet gentle healer, the other a cold calculating woman with a deep need for vengeance. Which one would Oona truly become? Meera did not know, for she did not expect to survive herself.
About the year 1100 AD a small village of Norse people vanished from Greenland. Their homes, tools, livestock all remained, but the humans were gone. A lone survivor claimed that the gods had snatched them away in ships of bright light. The fate of these folk will soon be revealed as their descendants return to Earth in the present to stand beside mankind in the final battle for our survival.
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- The Temple
on Dec. 28, 2011
Hi folks, we’re almost at a new year, so it is time to start something new. Santa (K) gave me a KOBO for Yule so I started my e-reader career with a book by Heather Adkins. Heather is a relatively new young writer. This lady has a world of potential. Her book is called The Temple.
When I started reading The Temple two things struck me. First, the author kept shifting into description which made the story hard to follow. Second, she has a delightful turn of phrase that made me want to keep going. By the time I was ten pages in, I was hooked.
The Temple is a story of a young woman leaving home and country to start a new life. That life comes with new challenges, friends, lovers, and desires. I won’t spoil the story by telling you about it, but I will tell you the characters are great and easy to identify with, both beautiful, perfect, and yet flawed and familiar.
The Temple is an early effort for Heather and it shows great promise. This young lady is an author to watch, she is destined for great success.
- A Breath of Hope
on Feb. 24, 2012
Book Review: A Breath of Hope
Hi folks, it’s time for another book review. This time I want to tell you about A Breath of Hope by Robert E. Taylor. I really like reading the work of new authors. Sometimes you find a real gem, and this book is one of those. The hero, Hamilton, reminds is a rather practical man, but a man with limited patience. He’s a likeable fellow in spite of himself. Against his better judgement, he accepts a post as chief of security on a long range space ship.
Hamilton recruits a crew of two, a professional thief and a battle scarred mercenary. Together they try to solve the mysteries and intrigue aboard the ship. It is not an easy task and it keeps you guessing right up to the end. This is a great story and these characters cry out for more action. Is there a sequel in the works? I hope there is. Really good stories deserve five stars and A Breath of Hope gets them.
on March 02, 2012
It is time for another book review and this time I want to tell you about Rojuun by John H. Carroll. I quite enjoyed this little flight of fantasy. Rojuun is John first book, and also the first in a three part series. John is a natural storyteller, and sets up an interesting cast of characters. There is the rogue thief, the ghost of a long dead knight, the dragon in human form, and the naive country girl with a serious talent for magic.
John sends this unlikely troupe out into a magical forest filled with druids, abandoned cities, castles, and underground cities built by alien creatures. This is a rollicking good tale with dangers lurking around every corner for our adventurers. Great fun.
The only rough spots here are the unpronounceable names and occasionally a little too much description, but these things are minor. I give this five stars for a debut novel.
- Time's Enemy
on April 03, 2012
Last weekend I read Time’s Enemy by Jennette Marie Powell. I really recommend you read this book. It is a great tale of time travel and the consequences of messing with the past. Jennette is a fine writer with a master’s touch at keeping up the tension. (You have to remember to breathe)
Time’s Enemy is Jennette’s first novel, or so I believe. This bodes well for the future for she will surely get better and, I for one, can’t wait for more adventures of Charlotte and Tony. Great work Jennette
- A Patchwork of Perspectives Vol 1
on April 25, 2012
I recently picked up a copy of A Patchwork of Perspectives Vol. 1 by Alberta Ross. This book is a collection of short stories, vignettes of life’s moments told from different perspectives. The best word I can use here is, delightful. I loved them all and I quite love Alberta’s voice, her style.
I truly enjoyed the book, but the highlight for me was her description of a dog pack in action. I live with a pack of dogs, and know exactly what she described looks like. Wonderful.
The best part here is, you can read a story in a quick break. Got a few moments to kill, read a story.
- Shrilugh: Book One of the Shrilugh Saga
on Aug. 26, 2012
Hi folks, today I’ve got a book review for you. The book is Shrilugh (Shree-loo) by Myndi Shafer. Myndi is a new author and this is her first book, I think. I can tell we’ll hear lots about her for many years to come. Her style is reminiscent of Jane Austen with a dash of Stephanie Myers.
Shrilugh is a rollicking adventure story, yet the author has a firm grasp on the emotional turmoil brought on when life insists you leave childhood behind and grow up. I found it fascinating to watch as Ayden struggles with releasing a past she can never re-gain and facing a future that terrifies her. If you like the Twilight series you will love this too.
I have only one small complaint about Shrilugh. The ending gave no relief, not even a small respite for Ayden. We know going in this is part one of a trilogy, but in the style of Tolkien, the story just cuts off leaving you hanging. I much prefer a J.K.Rowling style where you get some solution at the end of each book. Having said that, Shrilugh is a real page turner and I will be purchasing the next two installments as soon as they hit the e-shops.
I give Shrilugh four stars out of five. Great work Myndi. Well done.
- Broken Faith
on Nov. 09, 2012
I grabbed this book for something to read on breaks. I wanted something I could easily put down and come back to later. Big mistake. I got drawn in and spent a pleasant evening curled up as I read it through.
Diana has created an interesting world and a sympathetic set of characters. I truly enjoyed the story. Loved the ending.