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Teresa Garcia (once Teresa Huddleston-Garcia) is a 30-something mother of two children with special needs, raising them "alone" in the small mountain town of McCloud, CA. Just because she is on her own though, does not mean that she is "alone." Many thanks are due to the McCloud Community Resource Center, to her brother and his family, and her mother, for all their help.
When not drowning in university coursework for her International Relations degree, and chained to the computer, she loves to text role play, write stories, hike, paint, meditate, and play games or read with her kids. She also writes quests for, and helps to maintain, the online browser-based RPG Dragon Hearts.
She was raised in another mountain community, which she visits as often as she can spare time and gas, though not nearly often enough for her wishes. Her parents always encouraged her writing and artistic talents. In 2005, she decided to pick up the dream of writing and publishing a novel once more, having shelved that (and the "Shadow Chronicles" manuscript) in her early college years due to the time constraints of motherhood at the time. In 2006 she released to the public her first novel in the "Dragon Shaman" series, "Taming the Blowing Wind," and has since published a second book in the series and a poetry book. She likes to deal with multicultural themes because of her own background.
Currently Teresa has several manuscripts to work on, such as her "Dragon Shaman" series of novels and her current favorite serialized story, "Selkies' Skins."
Teresa writes short stories for children in the Adventures of Lightning the Cat series. Her other titles are intended for more advanced readers.
Her personal blog is located at http://rainstardragon.livejournal.com
In addition to finding her in print on Lulu, she can be found at Amazon Author Central.
on July 07, 2013 :
Do you believe that there could be more to our world than meets the eye, in the possibility of spirit realms filled with guides to aide us on life’s journey? Dragon Shaman: Taming the Blowing Wind, the first book in the Dragon Shaman series by Teresa Garcia delves into the legends, spirits and beliefs of multiple cultures, while telling a beautiful story of the pain of young love lost, healing and moving on along the path one is destined for.
BlowingWind MountainChild, is the daughter of an Irish mother and an Apache father. She has grown up steeped with the legends of both cultures and is deeply connected to the spirits of the Native American culture and the natural environment around her, following the spirit guides who call to her. Wind has dreams of adventure, love and a future filled with all life has to offer, but when she loses her one true love, her inner spirit fragments, she is devastated and knows she must travel across the globe, in search of answers in her own spiritual quest. In Japan now, earthly wind must contend with the barriers of language and cultural differences, while spiritual Wind finds solace in the spirit world of Japan. Will she ever be whole again? What are the spirits trying to show her? Is she ready for what she discovers? Is she ready for Ryu?
Dragon Shaman: Taming the Blowing Wind is complex, well-written and combines multi-cultural beliefs with beautifully descriptive prose. It is a love story, a coming of age story, and a tale that demonstrates the similarities of age-old beliefs between diverse and distinctly different cultures. Teresa Garcia remembers to put some “fun” and light-heartedness into her characters, making them all the more likeable! If you’ve ever felt like there may be ‘several’ enitities within you (you know, the angel on one shoulder, the devil on the other) or felt “shattered” by some life altering event in your life, you may find a commonality with young Wind! If destiny, cultural legends, tales of environmental spirits poke at your interest, you’ll find much to enjoy here in this beautifully written novel!
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)