A long time ago, I lived in Mali. Every single day, I wished I could wave a magic wand to relieve the heart-wrenching poverty. The story line of my books reflects my desire to wave that wand and make the world a better place. If only wishes could come true. And of course, every novel needs its love story, so along with the sci-fi magic, I’ve added the requisite romance.
Initially, I intended to write “a” novel. The story and characters took over and the ending of the first demanded another. Two books became three and three became four.
I've always believed we can't be the only beings existing in the vastness of the universe. There must be others “out there somewhere” and I brought some of them along for the ride. The setting stays, for the most part, within the realities of our world, but I've found that I love the magic the sci-fi element of other beings can bring to the story.
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- The Wind Weeps
on April 27, 2012
I had the good fortune to read this book before it was published and highly recommend it. From the sheltered life in Ontario, Andrea crosses the continent to the rugged world of West Coast British Columbia. This story sucks the reader in with a humorous and intriguing look at the lives of commercial fishermen. The reader is caught in Andrea’s life as her decisions lead her down a path she could never have anticipated. Soon you are sitting on the edge of your chair, tense with worry about Andrea. And the ending!? All I can say is that there had better be a sequel. The mechanics are solid, the imagery vivid and the emotional impact will have you rooting for Andrea.
- Orion's Gift
on Aug. 22, 2012
I had an opportunity to read this book prior to publication.
Purchase has done it again. Brought us another riveting love story laced with danger and intrigue. This time the setting is the wilds of the Baja Peninsula. The author creates a vivid picture for us of the terrain and climate with its own danger from bad roads, cows on the highway, the desert itself, and bandidos.
Sylvia, running from her husband and a life threatening letter, finds peace and solace fleeting in the campgrounds of the Baja. First a drunk man tries to molest her. Then she loses her passport and wallet. Then she finds Kevin. He too is on the run. The two fall in love/lust or perhaps it’s the other way round.
As their relationship grows greater dangers emerge. First from the secrets they keep from each other and then from their spouses who are in hot pursuit.
Purchase knows how to paint a glorious picture of the setting and hold us spell-bound by the action. A great read
- Julia's Violinist
on Feb. 27, 2013
I had the good fortune to read Julia’s Violinist before publication. One woman’s struggle to survive and protect her children in the aftermath of WWII is a war story with a difference. In her novel, Purchase focuses on Julia’s determination and her strength of will. Despite all that she endures, she is a survivor. It’s Julia who holds her family together during the horror of reprisals and the deprivation of deportation and internment.
But Julia’s violinist is above all a story of love—for children, parents, siblings and the three men in her life. You will cry for Julia, you will root for Julia, you will cheer for Julia, and above all you will come to love Julia.
This is not just one woman's story, but the story of many women, any one of whom it would be an honor and a privilege to know.