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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 May 16, 2017 :
Thirteen-year-old Kirsty is a half-blood selkie. Selkies are related to mermaids and are basically humanoids who take the form of seals. Kirsty and her parents are also wizards. Her father, Finnol, has a rather mundane-sounding bureaucratic job, but he actually helps out with oil spills and disasters and prevents Cowans (normal humans) from discovering merfolk. Etain, Kirsty's mom is a priestess of the sea goddess Mara and has exciting adventures on her ensorcelled ship, the Sea Witch.
The story mostly follows Kirsty and her magical studies (including merstudies) at a haunted castle that serves as a wizard school, and Etain as she does Mara's bidding. I liked Kirsty (and looooved that she can shapeshift into a cat!), but found some of the wizard school stuff a bit derivative. However, I'm sure younger Harry Potter fans will find the tropes familiar and comfortable.
Where Garcia really shines are the depictions of nautical life and all of the water beings. I felt like I was sailing on ships, swimming with merfolk (there are a lot of different kinds!), and strapping on my seal skin.
The book's glossary is beautiful and reflects the complexity of the watery realms it explores. Overall, this book is a fun, imaginative read.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)