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After serving over 20 years in the Air Force, I made the ultimate job switch: to farmer and author. It was a drastic change, not to mention a drastic pay cut! I've been writing 25+ years and have been published in a variety of media: book, newspaper, photography, and magazine. I love to write, it seems to be a passion I can't ever seem to satisfy.
It started out back in the day with the first book of the Dragonslayers Saga. Project: Dragonslayers is an MWSA award winning novel about an unlikely Special Forces team who are thrown headlong into the world of counterterrorism. The second book, Dragonslayers: Mind Games, continues the saga where the team enters the twisted world of al-Qaeda. They must find the source of a mystery explosive, or risk losing more innocent civilians to attacks. This book was selected for the MWSA summer 2011 reading list. The third book in the series is Dragonslayers: Battle Rhythm. This time it's Yemen, and the team finds out they're not invincible. Two more books in this series are slated for release: Kill Box (2013) and Critical Mass (2016?).
Also I've expanded my work in other genres. Out now is the best-selling contemporary romance, Cowboys and Olympians. You'll meet and fall in love with Leo Richards, a champion reining horse trainer, as he tries to convince himself that he can love again after his wife and unborn child were killed in a fiery car crash. He falls for Katie Shulman, a rich, stubborn woman who just doesn't like cowboys. I'm currently writing another romance titled Silks and Sand about a Kentucky horse-racing family that falls on hard times. The owner, Evan Stoddard, hopes to regain their glory by putting a big bet on an unlikely horse and rider combination—a bet that threatens to ruin his life.
If supernatural thriller/ horror appeals to you, check out The Hall. You'll meet Marcus Bishop, wealthy Memphis book publisher; his new and terrifically eccentric best friend, Prince Mongo; along with a ghost and demons that haunt the old castle Marcus buys.
After taking a dare from a horror author friend of mine, I started work on the “Space” series. Space Crazy introduces you to Dar Meltom, a half breed alien who's had a rough life. He longs for a life in the stars, and as difficult as it is, his mother manages to give that to him. Space Junk, Space Available, and Space Invaded are all available. I am working on probably the last book in the series: Space Vanguard.
So far I've enjoyed working in all these genres, and have started converting some stories into screenplays. There are more things I'm working on, too numerous to mention. So keep checking my Facebook pages to see if there's anything new.
I was given a rare distinction of placing 1st in Ron Knight's top 100 Facebook authors of 2012. He starts with 8,000 and narrows it down to 100. An honor indeed.
As always, I appreciate feedback and book reviews. I'm a small fish in a huge ocean just trying to stay afloat. I love my writing and pour heart and soul into each work I do.
MWSA: Military Writer's Society of America http://www.militarywriters.com/
on May 11, 2011 :
From Misfits To Heroes
Project: Dragonslayers is set in a military environment, which was not a difficult adjustment for the author, Kathy Rowe, who comes from a military family and has spent 22 years in the Air Force herself.
Lieutenant Colonel Eagle Tryggvesson is a gritty woman determined to bring her dream of developing a Joint Service Special Forces Team, tagged the “dragonslayers,” into existence despite the opposition of the self-serving and as she discovers, disreputable Admiral Westland.
Despite what you might expect, the story is not really about the military as much as it is about rites of passage. The behavior of each man has separated him from his group or his rank. In facing the legal consequences of his actions, he is in transition from the military life he has known to one that is unknown. Becoming part of the Dragonslayers’ team is the beginning of the third phase of the rite of passage for each of these men. The process of becoming a team—learning to trust each other and to stretch themselves beyond their own expectations—creates a sacred bond between them. At the end of this rite of passage, each team member achieves a new status for themselves.
Lieutenant Colonel Tryggvesson is not exempt from this rite of passage. As the leader of Project: Dragonslayers, she has separated herself from the good graces of her superior, who is now Admiral Westland, the man who wants the base for his own project as a “safe location” for high ranking officers to keep an eye on things—complete with all the amenities! As Westland continues to sabotage her efforts, she finds herself in transition, having to lay aside her controlled approach for one that is more fluid, more responsive to the moment. Then she, too, experiences the transformation from being part of a team struggling to become whole and discovers a new side of herself in the process.
The length of this novel (577 pages) may be daunting to some, especially if you read it as an ebook; however, the story is entertaining and the characters are flawed as they should be and will surprise you with their resilience. It is worth the read.
Reviewed by Dannye Williamsen www.BreakthroughBookstore.com
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)