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Darlene Jones is a retired educator and writer. A graduate of the University of Alberta she was a teacher, principal, second language consultant, and staffing officer with Edmonton Public schools. Her multiple roles included second language curriculum development for secondary students. After retiring she continued to provide educational workshops for teachers in the province of Alberta.
Her career began as a volunteer with Canadian University Services Overseas. She taught school in Mali and it was the plight of the Malians that inspired her to write her first novel—science fiction—described by readers as a “think piece.”
She continues to write fiction that incorporates topics such as world affairs, aging, and Alzheimer’s, with the added mix of adventure, romance and humor.
on April 27, 2012 :
Having read Embattled, I looked forward to reading about Em again as she was reincarnated as Jasmine Wade Berdin in Darlene Jones’ sequel, Empowered. I was not disappointed. The new Em (Jasmine) was comfortably familiar to me, yet completely new and refreshing. Jaz is beautiful, intelligent, and full of surprises.
Something tells her that she has been singled out by powers beyond her control, to do good works and fulfill a mission on Earth. To help her do this, she must find her soulmate.
The rub is that Yves, her otherworldly controller, is in love with her himself. I felt huge empathy for Yves although he and Jaz are literally worlds apart.
The author intertwines the lives of the characters in such a way that we feel just as comfortable reading about “the beings” as we do about the Earth characters. You’ll find action, suspense, and human relationships developed and woven into a story you won’t want to put down. Jones’ challenge must have been to make the story end in a way that was satisfying to everyone, and she accomplishes this very skilfully.
(reviewed the day of purchase)