K. L. Schwengel
Kathi lives in southeast Wisconsin on a small farm with her husband, a handful of Australian Shepherds, Her Royal Highness Princess Fiona the Cat, and assorted livestock. Growing up as the youngest of nine children, and the daughter of a librarian, Kathi spent many hours between stacks of books and secluded away in dusty archives, drawn to tales of medieval heroes and conquering knights. With so many characters and ideas spinning in her head, she had to get them onto paper or risk what little sanity she possessed. She has been penning wild tales of magic and mayhem as long as she can remember but opted to follow her artistic muse first. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and spending many years working as a freelance artist, grocery clerk, art teacher, graphic designer, stable hand, advertising account coordinator, dog trainer, and process technician (among other things) she answered the call of her writing muse. When not writing, Kathi trains and trials working Australian Shepherds, still paints, dabbles in photography, graphic design and anything else creative her assorted muses send her way.
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First of Her Kind ~ A Darkness & Light Novel Book One
(5.00 from 1 review)
By K. L. Schwengel
Published: January 22, 2013.
Everyone, it seems, wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life. All Ciara wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.
And that won’t be easy.
No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control.
Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever trapped between darkness & light?
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- Show Dog Sings the Blues
on Dec. 08, 2011
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself in a foreign land, unable to speak the language, and mistaken for someone else? That’s the situation Tali, or rather, Spiritsong’s Lucky Talisman of DeMitri finds herself in. Used to the life of a pampered showdog – including manicures, perfumed shampoo, organic kibble and bottled water – Tali never thought her life would involve wrangling cattle or facing off coyotes. That’s her sister’s job. But when Tali gets mistaken for her sister Maddie, and has to spend the day working on a ranch, she learns that sometimes we have to dig deep to find what we’re really made of.
Told from the viewpoint of an Australian Shepherd used to a life of luxury, Devin O’Branagan’s Show Dog Sings the Blues is a lighthearted romp through a day of mistaken identity. There’s action, adventure, laughter, and even a few tears as O’Branagan spins her tale of the power of love and coping with what life sometimes throws us.
Anyone who’s had a working dog and/or a pampered pooch will be able to relate. If you’re looking for a quick, light, and entertaining read, be sure to pick up Show Dog Sings the Blues, or add it as a stocking stuffer for your favorite dog lover. As and added benefit, a portion of the proceeds from this novella will be donated to www.AussieRescue.org
- Resurrection Blues
on Jan. 22, 2012
RESSURECTION BLUES opens with this line, "Trey opened his door to the first line of a joke: An Indian, a dwarf, and a biker walk into a bar..." It just keeps getting better after that. And if you think the Indian, the dwarf, and the biker are going to be the most engaging characters, think again. The cast of Resurrection Blues is an interesting and varied one, weaving in and out of several storylines culminating in the surprising conclusion. Once again, Josh Langston blends humor and wit with an entertaining writing style, and well fleshed out characters you are going to love to hate, and cheer. Fast paced and light, your time spent in Resurrection, the town that doesn't exist, will be a well spent escape.
- Witch Hunt
on May 16, 2012
Leave your preconceived notions of witches at Samantha Steven’s doorstep and run away. Quickly. You won’t find any nose-wiggling, superfluous witches within the pages of Devin O’Branagan’s Witch Hunt. What you will find is a beautifully woven tale of a family unable to avoid the pitfalls of power, and a glimpse at what happens when people of influence misuse their position.
Interspersed with tales giving us the history of the Hawthorne family, the main story of a modern day witch hunt is eerie in its realism. There’s no escaping the cold knowledge that such a thing could actually happen in our own time, making the Salem Witch Hunts look like a schoolyard brawl by comparison. As though caught in a spell of the Hawthorne’s making, you’ll be hard pressed to put the book down until the final page. The characters, flawed as they may be, are captivating in their three-dimensionality, and Ms. O’Branagan does a superb job of weaving the family’s history into their current fall, as well as clearing up many misconceptions surrounding the word ‘witch’.
Witch Hunt will keep you on the edge of your seat, dreading to turn the page. But turn you must. Right up to the surprise ending that left me with one word. “Wow.”