As a child, Karen suffered frequent bouts of insomnia. The only way she could settle into sleep many nights was to imagine stories that played out like movies on the dark ceiling over her bed. Since her mean parents refused to replace the TV after the cat blew it up by peeing on the cord, all Karen had left to entertain herself in the lone wilds of the Minnesota wilderness were books and her own stories. As Karen grew, the stories grew with her. One day when she was fourteen, she told her mother one of these stories for probably the hundredth time. Her mother, who knew Karen very well, turned to her and said, “You know, Karen, you keep talking about these stories, but you never write them down. You keep saying you’re going to write a novel, but I don’t believe that you will.” This comment infuriated Karen so much that she started writing her stories down and hasn’t stopped since.
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The Bird Children (Book One of the Phoenix Realm)
Avreal of Landers just knows there is something wrong with her, despite her family's protests to the contrary. She has no navel, and she loses her voice on occasion, sometimes unable to talk for months at a time. Her older brother Dominic, a young warlock struggling with his own demons, remembers what his sister doesn't: that she hatched out of an egg and spent her infancy as a bird . . .
Fledgling Witch (Prequel to the Landers Saga)
A Prequel to the Landers Saga
In the wake of her mother's death, young Safire fights for her footing as an artist and a witch in a skewed Renaissance world that punishes those who step outside its rigid boundaries. Can she defy the family she loves and still find happiness?
The Curious Fear of High and Lonely Places (Book Four of the Landers Saga)
The Landers are no strangers to international intrigue. However, when bizarre circumstance suddenly thrusts them in the center of the known world's stage, they find themselves beset from all sides. It seems every innocent needs their help, and every villain plots against them. To safeguard their family, they must make some heart-wrenching choices. That is, if they survive the onslaught.
Phoenix Ashes (Book Three of the Landers Saga)
Book Three of the Landers Saga
An embittered priest. A hidden history of ancient magic, long suppressed. An ambitious noble family with too many secrets. And at the center of it all, a witch artist named Safire . . .
Tapestry Lion (Book Two of the Landers Saga)
When Queen Jazmene of Sarneth takes an interest in Safire's sketches, it would seem to be an artist's dream come true. After all, who doesn't want a royal patron? But Jazmene is no ordinary patron, and Safire is no ordinary artist. Suddenly entangled in an intrigue of international proportions, Safire and Merius struggle to escape the web of deception before their situation becomes deadly.
The Witch Awakening (Book One of the Landers Saga)
The odor of burning flesh and the screams of those condemned to the flames disturb the dreams of young Safire of Long Marsh. Safire struggles to keep the curse of her psychic abilities secret, lest she be burned at the stake as a witch in her native land Cormalen. Forced to keep her talents hidden instead of learning how to use them, Safire is ill-prepared to face the evil that awaits her.
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